Tag Archives: Melaleuca

Bold Park in November

coastal-honeymyrtle

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.

jarrah

There are tiny triggerplants flowering in the undergrowth, like this Fan-leaved Triggerplant (Stylidium striatum).

fan-leaved-triggerplant

There is plenty of Marno (Daviesia divaricate) covered in small yellow/brown flowers with distinct yellow “eyebrows”.

marno

Slender Banksia (Banksia attenuate, aka Candle Banksia) is in flower, and very popular with the bees.

slender-banksia

And there also a few flowers on the Bull Banksia (Banksia grandis) with its deeply serated leaves.

bull-banksia

You may also spot his pretty Sand-dune Fringed Lily (Thysanotus arenarius).

sand-dune-fringed-lily

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Rottnest Teatree

Rottnest Teatree 1

There is plenty of this large white-flowering shrub in bloom in Perth at present. It is Rottnest Teatree (Melaleuca lanceolata) and despite its common name, is in fact a melaleuca not a teatree. It grows in the southwest of Western Australia, from about Carnarvon to the South Australian border, and in parts of most other mainland states as well. Its reported flowering season is Jan-Sept.

Rottnest Teatree 2

Rottnest Teatree

Rottnest Teatree 3

There are still plenty of flowers on the Rottnest Teatree (Melaleuca lanceolata), which grows fairly profusely in coastal parts of Perth – and in most other states of Australia as well.

Rottnest Teatree 4

These Melaleucas have a reported flowering season of January to September, so you may see them in flower through most of the year. The flower heads are popular with bees, so the whole tree seems to buzz.

Rottnest Teatree 5

The dead seed pods from previous years are also quite interesting. They are joined directly onto the branch stems, just as the flowers are.

Rottnest Teatree 6