We noticed this plant growing beside walking trails in Kings Park recently. It is called Lepidosperma leptostachyum (with no common name that we know of) and has quite interesting flowers. It grows in the southwest corner of Western Australia, from about Geraldton to Albany, and flowers from April to June.
Rottnest Island Pines (Callitris preissii) are fairly common in the more coastal areas of Perth – and on Rottnest Island of course. In fact, these are about the only places where you will find this tree growing wild.
It’s reported flowering season is Jan-Dec, but you would hardly notice the flowers, which look fairly small and insignificant. We saw this one in flower on a limestone outcrop in North Fremantle recently. The flowers eventually turn into distinctive cones.
We haven’t seen any Parrot Bush (Banksia sessilis) in flower yet this year, but yesterday we saw something that was even more interesting than the flowers. The Parrot Bush plants growing beside the Swan River in Mosman Park were crammed full of Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos. There must have been about 200 of these large birds, which are a threatened species. They were noisily crunching up the Parrot Bush to get at the seeds inside their woody pods.
Eucalyptus petrensis (sometimes called Rock Mallee) doesn’t flower until June/July. But the newer branches on these straggling trees are already covered in buds. We saw this one in Bold Park, plus others growing on Buckland Hill in Mosman Park.
This silvery grey plant is quite common in coastal areas of Perth, including in Bold Park and at Minim Cove. It is called Coastal Daisybush (Olearia axillaris) and is famous because early navigators who visited the West Australian coast used it as a culinary herb.
Rather frustratingly, we have found plenty of plants where the flowers are still tiny buds (above) or else rather past their prime (below), but none where the flowers are just perfect. But their flowering season runs through to July, so we’ll keep looking.
We have noticed this plant growing in many places recently, including Bold Park (beside the Zamia Trail, where these photos were taken), in Kings Park and on Buckland Hill. At a glance it just looks like a grassy weed, but it is actually a native plant.
It is called Prickle Lily (Acanthocarpus preissii) and does indeed have rather sharp, spiky leaves. It looks quite interesting up close, with its fishbone shaped shoots and small, cream-white flowers.