Monthly Archives: August 2014

Quandong

Quandong 1

You will find Quandongs (Santalum acuminatum) growing wild in many parts of Perth. This tree is part of a group growing in the remnant bushland beside the walking/cycling boardwalk overlooking the Swan River in Mosman Park.

Quandong 2

There are just a few fruit hanging from the trees. That’s a bit surprising, since the trees were covered in masses of flowers last summer (below).

Quandong 3

Acanthocarpus preissii

Acanthocarpus preissii 1

We noticed this low growing plant on Buckland Hill last week. Its botanical name is Acanthocarpus preissii, and it is sometimes called Prickle Lily – a rather appropriate name, since the leaves are very sharp. Those yellow balls are not flowers; they are the fruit.

Unfortunately, when we returned a few days later, we found that the plant had been sprayed with herbicide as part of the local weed maintenance programme. Some people can’t tell a native plant from a weed!

Acanthocarpus preissii 2