Tuarts in the morning mist
Welcome to spring! It was a beautiful misty morning when we took our quarterly walk through Trigg Bushland on 31st July. So many plants are beginning to bloom that it took quite a while to cover just a kilometre or so.
Grevillea crithmifolia normally has a white blossom, but along the ridge of the sand dune behind St Mary's Anglican School, the blossoms are a delicate pink. They are just coming out, so there is plenty of time to take a look.
coast beard heath
The morning dew was still on the Beard Heath, a delicate fringed blossom so small that it is almost enveloped by a drop of water. The Hardenbergia comptoniana was also weighted down with dew, and just beginning to burst into full flower.
Hardenbergia comptoniana is also known as native wisteria because of it's colour and climbing habit, although of course it is not related to wisteria. It rambles over bushes and trees and making bright splashes of vibrant blue in the bush.
dryandra sessilis (now known
as banksia sessilis)
There are a few specimens of Dryandra sessilis (recently changed to Banksia sessilis), or parrot bush, in bloom along the top of the sand dune that runs parallel to Karrinyup Road. It is called parrot bush because the black cockatoos love to feed on the blossoms and seeds - they are an important food source for this endangered species. (For more information on food sources for these magnificent creatures, see Valentine and Stock or Birds Australia.
For more pictures (including this year's first orchids), see next page.
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