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.
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).
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.
With its bright red pea flowers, Cockies Tongue (Templetonia retusa) is one of the delights of the West Australian bush in winter. The official flowering season is April to November, but in our experience it mainly flowers in June-July.
We saw these Cockies Tongue flowers a week ago in Manning Park, about 10km south of Fremantle in the city of Cockburn.
We recently saw our first Scarlet Runner (Kennedia prostrate, also known as Running Postman) flower for the season in Kings Park. This plant can also be found in Bold Park (though not in flower yet), across the southwest of Western Australia, and all the other southern states. It flowers April-Nov.
While we were walking along the bushland trails in Kings Park recently, we spotted these purple flowers hiding in the undergrowth. They are Common Hovea (Hovea trisperma), which despite its common name, isn’t actually all that common in Perth.
You can also see it in Bold Park along the Hovea Trail, but it isn’t in flower there yet. The reported flowering season is May-Nov, but in our experience it has usually finished flowering well before the end of winter.
We have noticed this wattle growing in many parts of Perth recently, including Bold Park and Lake Claremont. It is called Coastal Wattle (Acacia cyclops) and grows along the West Australian coast from about Geraldton to the South Australian border.
The flowers aren’t particularly spectacular by wildflower standards, but the seeds with their brilliant red surrounding ring are quite amazing. They are definitely a “red eye special”.