Monthly Archives: November 2015

Stinkwood

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We noticed this Stinkwood (Jacksonia sternbergiana) flowering in the bushland beside Lake Claremont in Perth’s western suburbs recently. Its flowering season is reported to be Jan-Dec, so you might see it in flower at any time of the year.

This erect or weeping shrub grows from Northampton to Katanning, and is fairly common in Kings Park, Perth. As you would guess, the common name comes from the fact that the wood has a distinctive smell.

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Australian Bluebell

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The delicate Australian Bluebell (Billardiera heterophylla) is in flower at present. But maybe that’s no surprise, since the flowering season is reported to be “Jan-Dec (mainly Oct-Feb)”. The small shrub can be freestanding, but often prefers to climb/lean on fences or other plants. We have recently seen it in Perth suburban parks, street gardens and the bushland beside Jolimont primary school, where these photos were taken.

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Hong Kong Botanical Gardens

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Last week we had a short stopover in Hong Kong and went to see the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens. Nestled on the hillside in Central District, this 5.6 hectare garden was founded in 1876.

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The garden has secluded, leafy paths which belie the fact that there are high rise buildings nearby. The plants are mostly from tropical parts of the world and include this exotic Micky Mouse Plant (Ochna kirkii) from Africa.

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Yellow Leschenaultia

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Yellow Leschenaultia (Lechenaultia linarioides) is flowering in Bold Park at present. The sprawling, straggly plant produces surprisingly pretty flowers for much of the year – March/June-December.

The Lechenaultia genus is named after Jean Baptiste Leschenault de la Tour, a botanist on Baudin’s expedition to Australia in the early 1800s. His name was misspelt (with the “s” missing) in the genus name, but the common name got it right.

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Snakebush

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We also saw this Snakebush (Hemiandra pungens) growing in Bold Park. It looks very similar to the Hemiandra glabra in the previous blog entry. Snakebush has a slightly wider range – from about Geraldton to Albany, including inland – and reportedly flowers from January to December. You can’t ask for a longer flowering season than that!

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