Colourful flowers, including some Native Orchids caught my uneducated eye in October, as I began to investigate the bushland a bit more closely.
Wax-lip Orchid (Orcidaceae Glossodia Major)
The beautiful colour and form of the Wax-lip Orchid made them highly visible against the greens, yellows and whites of almost everything surrounding them.
Many different species of plants have similar ‘pea’ shaped flowers in shades of gold and red or brown, so there were a few to sort through to identify this flower. I am certain that ours is a Dillwynia of some description. Narrowing down through the location they grow, whether or not the stems are hairy or smooth (ours is smooth) and the shape of the leaves, I think ours is either a Dillwynia Glaberrima (Smooth Parrot Pea) or a Dillwynia Juniperina (Prickly Parrot Pea). Now I wish I had taken notes on whether this bush was prickly or not. In any case, it is a Parrot Pea of some description.
I have two field guides to Australian wildflowers, and neither book has a description of both for a more refined comparison.
The Dillwynias were growing in mainly hard to reach spots among other scrub, or on the banks of the dam.
Heath Teatree or Silky Teatree (Leptospermum myrsinoides)
This teatree is quite common on our land. I expect to see the flowers again next October, as the kangaroos don’t appear to be eating it. The shrubs are small and scrubby, and grow in both the bracken covered bush, as well as on the land that is a little more cleared.
There are another ten or so photos to come in October Wildflowers: Part 2, which I hope to post tomorrow.