As spring comes to an end, the peak wildflower season for Perth is definitely over. However there are still plenty of wildflowers to be found. Coastal Honeymyrtle (Melaleuca systena, above) still has its lemon-yellow flowers, and Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata, below) is also in flower.
There are tiny triggerplants flowering in the undergrowth, like this Fan-leaved Triggerplant (Stylidium striatum).
There is plenty of Marno (Daviesia divaricate) covered in small yellow/brown flowers with distinct yellow “eyebrows”.
Slender Banksia (Banksia attenuate, aka Candle Banksia) is in flower, and very popular with the bees.
And there also a few flowers on the Bull Banksia (Banksia grandis) with its deeply serated leaves.
You may also spot his pretty Sand-dune Fringed Lily (Thysanotus arenarius).
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 were at Curtin University in Perth recently, looking at the murals painted during the recent Public2016 public art event. This one is by Perth-based street artist Amok Island and depicts a banksia. It looks like Firewood Banksia (Banksia Menziesii), which grows in Perth and is flowering at present.
We were in the botanic gardens section of Kings Park recently and stopped to admire this banksia in the Banksia Garden. It is Southern Plains Banksia (Banksia media) and is native to the south coastal part of Western Australia, from about Albany to Esperance.
Its flowering season is March to December, but mainly March to August.
We noticed this yellow flowering Banksia in the Camel Lake area of Bold Park recently.
It is Swamp Banksia (Banksia littoralis) and grows in the southwest corner of Western Australia, from north of Perth to Albany. Its flowering season is March to August.
Firewood Banksia (Banksia menziesii) is in flower in Bold Park at present. If you look around, you can see the initial buds (above) and the ones that are almost open (below).
And the fully open flowers.
And even the dead seed heads from the previous season. It’s a bit like watching a time lapse video.
Acorn Banksia (Banksia prionotes) is flowering nicely in Bold Park at present, and can also be seen in many native gardens and patches of remnant bushland around Perth. Its flowering season is Feb-Aug.
The buds (above) have a pleasing structure which looks like it would delight a mathematician. The large flower heads are very popular with birds, like this White-cheeked Honeyeater.