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

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