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.
We also stopped to admire this pretty Fuchsia Heath (Epacris longiflora) at the North Head during our recent visit to Sydney. We figured that it must have a long flowering season, since it was in flower on our previous visit to Sydney about five months ago. A quick online search confirmed this conclusion, giving the flowering season as “throughout year, less so in summer”. You can see one of its West Australian relatives on our blog here.
We noticed this iconic Flannel Flower (Actinotus helianthi) hiding in the undergrowth at North Head in Sydney, when we were there about two weeks back. It has soft, velvety flowers that are very nice to stroke.
When we were in Sydney last week, we noticed that the Grey Spider Flower (Grevillea buxifolia) is still in flower – as it was back in August. We saw this bush on the North Head near the old quarantine station, now called Q Station.
A closer look shows that some of the “flowers” are more spider-like than others!
We were in Sydney between Christmas and the New Year, and noticed this plant growing in many patches of remnant bushland around the edge of Sydney Harbour. It is known as Mat-rush (Lomandra longifolia) or sometimes as Spiny-headed Mat-rush, since the female flowers turn into these spiky seed heads.
We recently noticed lots of this shrub growing in the bushland at Lake Joondalup, in Perth’s northern suburbs. It doesn’t look like much at a glance, but has delicate, semi transparent, mauve flowers.
There are also plenty of these interesting globular fruit hanging from long stems. The plant is called Solanum symonii and grows along the coast of Western Australia from about Geraldton to the South Australian border, and onwards along the SA coast.
We noticed this impressive Gymea Lily (Doryanthes excelsa) flowering in Kings Park last weekend. The huge flower head is made up of many flowers, and stands atop a long stem about 6m above the ground. They are native to the New South Wales Central Coast, between about Newcastle and Wollongong. We also saw the Gymea Lily below about two months ago, growing wild in the Royal National Park in Sydney.