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).
The Sand-dune Fringed Lily is looking great.
Tricoryne tenella is covered in small yellow flowers.
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.
Stinkwood (Jacksonia sternbergiana, below) is a shrub/tree with glossy green foliage which grows to a height of several metres.
And Grey Stinkwood (Jacksonia furcellata, below) is also a shrub, but has dull grey-green foliage.
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.
The buds look like tiny green icecream cones with rounded caps, which fall off to reveal the creamy white flowers inside.
The ground beneath the trees is typically covered in a layer of the flower caps.
During our road trip to Albany last month, we saw plenty of this orange flowering plant along the roadside in the area around Wagin.
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.
During our trip down south in February, we saw lots of Australian Bluebell (Billardiera fusiformis) in flower, around Albany and especially in Porongurup National Park, where these photos were taken.
According to the experts, the flowering season for this bushy climber is “Nov to Dec or Jan to Feb”. That sounds about right – it was flowering in Perth in Nov-Dec and down south in Feb.
We also saw plenty of Marri (Corymbia calophylla) in flower during our recent trip south to Albany – and have also seen it in Bold Park in Perth since then. It’s a fairly common tree in the southwest of Western Australia and has masses of white flowers from about Dec to May.
We were walking along some of the bush trails in Kings Park during the week and saw plenty of sheoak trees. No flowers at present, though there are plenty of seed pods.
However, one of the sheoaks had something that is even more exciting than a flower.
A family of Red-tailed Black Cockatoos were having a snack – chomping up the seed pods with their powerful beaks.
While we were in the Albany area recently, on the south coast of Western Australia, we saw this striking Southern Cross flower (Xanthosia rotundifolia) growing in the Porongurup National Park. The plant reportedly – and rather confusingly – flowers in “Jan to Feb or Apr to May or Jul to Dec”. Well, we can confirm that it definitely flowers in February. You can also see this plant growing in the botanic garden section of Kings Park in Perth.