Monthly Archives: May 2016

Basket Bush

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The Basket Bush (Spyridium globulosum) in Perth is covered in tiny buds at present. Its reported flowering season is Jun-Nov, but we have mainly seen the open flowers in mid winter. This native plant grows along the southwest coast of Western Australia, from about Geraldton to Esperance. It is quite common in Perth and can be found in Bold Park (where these photos were taken), Kings Park and remnant bushland.

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Scarlet Runner

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We recently saw our first Scarlet Runner (Kennedia prostrate, also known as Running Postman) flower for the season in Kings Park. This plant can also be found in Bold Park (though not in flower yet), across the southwest of Western Australia, and all the other southern states. It flowers April-Nov.

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Common Hovea

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While we were walking along the bushland trails in Kings Park recently, we spotted these purple flowers hiding in the undergrowth. They are Common Hovea (Hovea trisperma), which despite its common name, isn’t actually all that common in Perth.

You can also see it in Bold Park along the Hovea Trail, but it isn’t in flower there yet. The reported flowering season is May-Nov, but in our experience it has usually finished flowering well before the end of winter.

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Grevillea vestita

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In the previous blog entry, we mentioned that Grevillea vestita in Kings Park was in bud and should be flowering soon. Yesterday we went back for another look and found that the flowers are now fully open – in places, anyway. These ones are beside the walking path from the Pines carpark to the Bushland Nature Trail. The plant isn’t even in bud in other parts of Kings Park, or Bold Park either.

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Prickle Lily

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Prickle Lily (Acanthocarpus preissii) is currently in flower in Bold Park. You’ll find it growing in many places beside the Zamia Trail. The plant looks like some garden escape grassy weed, but is actually a native plant that grows along the West Australian coast from about Exmouth to Albany. The flowering season in April-May and the flowers are quite small, so you need to look closely to see them.

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