We always admire the palm-like Zamia plants (Macrozamia fraseri) in Bold Park. The spiky leaves of these primitive cycads were a defence against being eaten by dinosaurs. At present the cones on the female plants are splitting open to reveal the strikingly coloured orange-red seeds inside.
We have noticed this Tangle Daisy (Pithocarpa cordata) growing in both Kings Park and Bold Park recently. It is native to the West Australian Coast, from about Geraldton to Albany. Its flowering season is Oct-April, though these flowers appear to have died already – they are like a natural dried flower arrangement.
We noticed this Cushion Bush (Leucophyta brownii) growing at Minim Cove recently. It still has some flowers on it, though most of the other Cushion Bush plants seem to have finished flowering. However the official flowering season is Jan-Dec, so there is a chance of finding it in flower at any time of the year.
You can’t miss the striking red and yellow colours of the Illyarrie (Eucalyptus erythrocorys), which is in full bloom in Perth at present.
This Eucalypt can grow in two different forms: as as a tallish tree, like the one above, or as a low, sprawling shrub (below). These two examples are growing just a few hundred metres apart, beside Stirling Highway in Mosman Park.
We also spotted this Pink Summer Calytrix (Calytrix fraseri) growing in Kings Park last weekend. It is a relative of the Sticky Starflower (Calytrix glutinosa) that we featured last September. Despite its name, Pink Summer Calytrix reportedly flowers from “Nov to Dec or Jan to Aug” – not just in summer.