Monthly Archives: February 2016

Southern Cross

Southern Cross Flower 1

While we were in the Albany area recently, on the south coast of Western Australia, we saw this striking Southern Cross flower (Xanthosia rotundifolia) growing in the Porongurup National Park. The plant reportedly – and rather confusingly – flowers in “Jan to Feb or Apr to May or Jul to Dec”. Well, we can confirm that it definitely flowers in February. You can also see this plant growing in the botanic garden section of Kings Park in Perth.

Southern Cross Flower 2

Woolly Bush

Woolly Bush 1

We spent the past week in Albany, on the south coast of Western Australia, and noticed lots of this Woolly Bush (Adenanthos sericeus). The large shrub (or small tree if you prefer) isn’t quite what it appears. At a quick glance, you might think it was some introduced pine species with stiff leaves, and there are no flowers in sight.

But that’s all wrong – the plant is actually native to Albany and Esperance, is a Protea not a pine, and has very soft woolly leaves, and has little red flowers hidden in among the leaves. You will also see Woolly Bush as an introduced species in Perth gardens.

Woolly Bush 2

Rottnest Teatree

Rottnest Teatree 1

There is plenty of this large white-flowering shrub in bloom in Perth at present. It is Rottnest Teatree (Melaleuca lanceolata) and despite its common name, is in fact a melaleuca not a teatree. It grows in the southwest of Western Australia, from about Carnarvon to the South Australian border, and in parts of most other mainland states as well. Its reported flowering season is Jan-Sept.

Rottnest Teatree 2