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 in John Forrest National Park, in the Perth Hills, last week and noticed these striking Red Ink Sundew (Drosera erythrorhiza) plants growing near the National Falls. They are carnivorous plants that trap and digest unwary insects. The plant above appears to be eating an ant, and the one below has a flower forming.
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.
If you look carefully, you will see this small creeper in the undergrowth at Kings Park at present. It is called Bridal Rainbow (Drosera macrantha) and has small white flowers, though they can reportedly be pink or red instead. The sticky leaves are a reminder that this is an carnivorous plant that eats insects.