Monthly Archives: March 2016

Tangle Daisy

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The Tangle Daisy (Pithocarpa cordata) in Kings Park looks like it is in flower at present.

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However the flowers are actually dead – they have turned into a natural dried flower arrangement.

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Acorn Banksia

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Acorn Banksia (Banksia prionotes) is flowering nicely in Bold Park at present, and can also be seen in many native gardens and patches of remnant bushland around Perth. Its flowering season is Feb-Aug.

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The buds (above) have a pleasing structure which looks like it would delight a mathematician. The large flower heads are very popular with birds, like this White-cheeked Honeyeater.

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Tuart

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You mightn’t notice it at a quick glance, but the Tuart trees (Eucalyptus gomphocephala) are flowering in Perth at present. These trees are quite tall and the flowers are often well above ground level, so they are easy to miss.

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The buds look like tiny green icecream cones with rounded caps, which fall off to reveal the creamy white flowers inside.

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The ground beneath the trees is typically covered in a layer of the flower caps.

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Wireleaf Mistletoe

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During our road trip to Albany last month, we saw plenty of this orange flowering plant along the roadside in the area around Wagin.

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On closer inspection, it turned out to be a parasite, growing on wattle (Acacia) species. After a bit of searching, we figured that it must be Wireleaf Mistletoe (Amyema preissii). This parasite reportedly flowers all year and can be found in many parts of the state, though we haven’t noticed it much in the past.

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