The Quandong trees (Santalum acuminatum) are flowering in the bushland of Bold Park at present. Their official flowering season is rather confusing given as “Jan to Apr or Jul to Sep or Nov to Dec”, so maybe you can find them at almost any time of the year. They have very unusual looking flowers.
We stopped to admire this striking eucalypt growing beside a sports field in the western suburbs of Perth recently. It looks a bit like a decorated Christmas tree, but is actually a Fuchsia Gum (Eucalyptus forrestiana). These trees are native to the area around Esperance in the south of Western Australia, not to Perth. However you can see one growing in the botanic garden section of Kings Park.
We have noticed this wattle growing in many parts of Perth recently, including Bold Park and Lake Claremont. It is called Coastal Wattle (Acacia cyclops) and grows along the West Australian coast from about Geraldton to the South Australian border.
The flowers aren’t particularly spectacular by wildflower standards, but the seeds with their brilliant red surrounding ring are quite amazing. They are definitely a “red eye special”.
We’re just a few weeks into summer, and the wildflowers are already becoming noticeably scarce. But there are still some to find. We noticed this plant in flower while walking in Bold Park yesterday.
It’s called One-sided Bottlebrush (Calothamnus quadrifidus) and we like the seed pods (below) as well as the flowers. You can read more about this plant in our article in the current (Jan 2016) issue of On The Road magazine.
We have noticed this straggly mallee flowering beside the walking trails in Bold Park on our last few visits.
It is Rock Mallee (Eucalyptus petrensis) and officially flowers “Jun to Jul or Oct”, so it is continuing to flower well beyond normal expectation. It grows near the West Australian coast, from about Jurien Bay to Mandurah, and can be recognised by the long spike in the centre of the fruit.
We saw this Yellow Autumn Lily (Tricoryne eliator) in Kings Park recently – on the last day of spring, in fact. But its reported flowering season is Jan-Dec, so you could see it at any time of the year. The pretty native herb grows in the southwest of Western Australia, from about Shark Bay to Esperance.