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.

Wax-lip Orchid
With slender stems, these flowers almost appear to be floating at times.
Wax-lip Orchid
The white based labellum is the identifying mark of this orchid. It is one I can actually identify myself!
Wax-lip Orchid
All of our Wax-lip orchids were approximately the same colour, but the field guide states they can range from a pinkish mauve to purple.
Wax-lip Orchid
While we did not have many Wax-lip orchids, the flash of colour drew my eye in the few locations where they did grow.

Dillwynia

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.

Dillwynia
Either a Smooth Parrot Pea or a Prickly Parrot Pea.
Dillwynia
These flowers are really striking, The shrub grows to about 1 metre in height.

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.

Heath Teatree
The clear white petals and lime green centre make these tiny flowers very appealing. Notice the tiny red tips on the stamens. A very attractive teatree.
Heath Teatree
This tree was covered in buds just about to burst.

There are another ten or so photos to come in October Wildflowers: Part 2, which I hope to post tomorrow.