We went for a hike at Lesmurdie Falls Mundy Regional Park in the Perth Hills a few days back. The wildflowers are in spectacular bloom at present.
There were masses of Sticky Starflower (Calytrix glutinosa, above) growing beside the walking trails on the north side of the falls and creek.
Couch Honeypot (Banksia dallanneyi), an odd prostrate Banksia, was in flower in a few places.
There were a number of carnivorous Drosera species, including the pretty Pink Rainbow (Drosera menziesii) above. The insect on the flower isn’t in danger of being eaten – the leaves shown below are the part of the plant that traps insects.
And we also spotted Diplopeltis huegelii (no common name that we know of) growing in some places. You can also see plenty of this plant flowering in Perth’s Bold Park at present.
We have seen this pretty Blind Grass (Stypandra glauca) flowering in quite a few places recently. It grows in Western Australia, roughly southwest of a line from Geraldton to Esperance , and flowers from about August to November. These photos were taken at Lesmurdie Falls.
Banksias are strange looking plants, but this one is particularly odd. It is called Couch Honeypot (Banksia dallanneyi) and mostly grows as a low, spreading plant, though it can be a more upright shrub. It grows in the southwest of Western Australia from about Geraldton to Albany, and reportedly flowers from May to October. We noticed this one in flower at Lesmurdie Falls a few weeks back.
Everyone seems to have a soft spot for carnivorous plants. You’ll find quite a lot of them growing around Perth. This one is the prettily named Pink Rainbow (Drosera menziesii) which has pink flowers and sticky leaves to trap insects. We saw these ones in the bushland at Lesmurdie Falls.
At a quick glance, you might mistake this flower for the Morning Iris in the previous entry on this blog. But it is actually a different plant altogether – for example, the leaves are completely different. This one is the oddly named Blue Squill (Chamaescilla corymbosa). It is native to the southwest of Western Australia, and is in flower at present at Lesmurdie Falls National Park.
There was also plenty of this delicate blue/mauve Morning Iris (Orthrosanthus laxus) growing at Lesmurdie Falls when we were there last week. It’s another wildflower that is rated as being “Common” by the experts, but is very pretty for all that. It grows in the southwest corner of Western Australia, from about Kalbarri to Albany.
We also saw this spectacular Sticky Starflower (Calytrix glutinosa) at Lesmurdie Falls National Park last week.
Field guides to wildflowers describe this pretty pink flower as being “Common”. We haven’t seen it very often, but there was certainly a lot of it in the bushland at Lesmurdie.