We were walking in Bold Park a few days back and admired the Slender Banksia (aka Candle Banksia; Banksia attenuata). It has plenty of flowers at present, but the seed pods that form as the flowers die are also quite interesting.
At first they just look like dead flowers, but then they turn into very strange shapes. Fans of May Gibbs’ stories about the Gumnut Babies will probably recognise them as relatives of the Bad Banksia Men.
We went for a walk around the Zamia Trail in Bold Park earlier this week. As spring is ending, there aren’t as many flowers now as there were a few months back. But there are still flowers to be found if you look carefully.
The amusingly named Grey Stinkwood (Jacksonia furcellata), which is a relative of the Stinkwood that we mentioned back in August, has small yellow and orange/red flowers. This shrub/tree grows in the southwest corner of Western Australia, from about Perth to Esperance.
We saw this Tassel Flower (Leucopogon verticillatus) growing in the forest at Beedelup Falls, while we were in the southwest of Western Australia recently. It looks rather like a bamboo or other exotic garden escape, but is actually a native plant. It grows from about Perth to Albany and is common in the southern forests.
It has almost finished its flowering season (Aug-Nov) but you can still see a few of the little pink flowers.
It’s just a month till Christmas and there are plenty of Christmas trees in Perth – not just the tinselly variety, but also the West Australian Christmas Tree (Nuytsia floribunda) with its showy masses of golden flowers. You will find it in sandy bushland from about Geraldton to Esperance. This one is growing in the native garden at Mosman Park Council Office in Perth.
We also noticed this flower while hiking along the Cape to Cape Track in the southwest corner of Western Australia last week. It is called Narrowleaf Mulla Mulla (Ptilotus drummondii) and is a native perennial. It other parts of the state it grows taller than this, but some plants grow more compactly along the windswept southwest coast.
We saw lots of this pretty pink flower growing on exposed limestone cliff tops of the Cape to Cape Track, while we were hiking south of Perth last week. It is called Coastal Banjine (Pimelea ferruginea) and grows along the coast from about Dongara to Esperance.
It is nearing the end of its flowering season at present and is very popular with small, glossy black beetles.
We noticed these Yellow Candles (also known as Winged Stackhousia; Tripterococcus brunonis) while walking along the Cape to Cape Track in the southwest corner of Western Australia last week. The plant is a perennial herb and has distinctive winged fruit later in the season. It reportedly grows from about Geraldton to Esperance, including inland to the goldfields.