Category Archives: Kings Park

Kings Park in December

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Asmid-summer approaches, there are still some interesting wildflowers to admire in the bushland of Kings Park in Perth. At present you can see lots of the amusingly named Prince of Wales Feathers (above) and the not so common Pink Summer Calytrix (below).

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The Sand-dune Fringed Lily is looking great.

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Tricoryne tenella is covered in small yellow flowers.

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There are also three different species of Jacksonia, all with rather similar-looking flowers. This is Waldjumi (Jacksonia sericea), which is a low growing, prostrate plant.

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Stinkwood (Jacksonia sternbergiana, below) is a shrub/tree with glossy green foliage which grows to a height of several metres.

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And Grey Stinkwood (Jacksonia furcellata, below) is also a shrub, but has dull grey-green foliage.

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Kings Park in November

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We went for a walk through the bushland of Kings Park recently.The wildflowers are becoming less noticeable as the summer approaches, but there are still plenty of interesting ones waiting to be discovered. We spotted some Blue Devils (above) and Pixie Mops (below).

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There was some Slender Lobelia hiding in the undergrowth.

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And plenty of Waitzia suaveolens (no common name that we are aware of), which looks rather similar to the Everlastings that were in flower a few months back.

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The Wedding Bush was covered in white flowers.

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And Hackett’s Hopbush was covered in colourful seed pods.

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Kings Park in September

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The Kings Park Festival ends on 30 September, but of course there are still plenty of wildflowers to be seen beside the walking trails through the park’s bushland. In the past few weeks we have seen lots of Donkey Orchids (above) and a few Spider Orchids (below), plus both Cowslip Orchids and Pink Fairy Orchids.

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The Grasstrees are just coming into flower, with their long spear-like flower head.

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There are heaps of milky white Milkmaids.

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Plus patches of Morning Iris scattered through the undergrowth.

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And the amusingly named Prince-of-Wales Feather is so common that you might mistake it for a weed (which it isn’t).

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Kings Park Festival

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The annual Kings Park Festival starts today and runs through to the end of September. We went along for a sneak preview yesterday afternoon. There are certainly lots of flowers in full bloom in the botanic garden section of the park.

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The ever popular Everlastings (above) and Geraldton Wax (below) gardens are looking pretty in pink.

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There are some amazing blooms in the Grevillea and Hakea Garden, including this Pouched Grevillea (Grevillea saccata) which was positively glowing in the late afternoon sun.

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And the iconic Floral Clock was telling the time very colourfully.

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Two-leaf Hakea

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Spring is still four weeks away, but there are already plenty of wildflowers in bloom here in Perth. Walking around Lake Claremont earlier this week, we noticed that Two-leaf Hakea (Hakea trifurcata) is nicely in flower.

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You can easily see where this plant gets its common name – there are clearly two types of leaves – thin spiky ones and flattish ones that look like pea pods. Two-leaf Hakea can also be found in Kings Park and Bold Park.

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Native Wisteria

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The reported flowering season for Native Wisteria (Hardenbergia comptoniana) is July-Oct. However this twining/climbing plant got off to an early start this year – it has been flowering in Kings Park and Bold Park for most of June. The plant is common in coastal areas of the southwest of Western Australia, from about Dongara to Albany.

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