Throughout the bushland part of our property, we have Guinea-flower growing and currently it is all in flower. Mostly, these are low growing shrubs sprawling along the ground, with some erect shrubs a meter or more high. In looking at the various types of Guinea-flower that are found in our region, the shape of the leaves and the colour of the buds lead me to believe that we have the Erect Guinea-flower Hibbertia riparia (R. Br. ex DC.) Hoogl.
At first glance, all of the shrubs look different, with differently sized flowers and varying shades of yellow. Some sprawl over the ground, while others are distinctly bush-shaped. T
Try as I might, I can’t find images of different Guinea-flower species with similarly shaped leaves, but I’m sure we must have at least two, perhaps three different Guinea-flowers growing here. in particular, one low growing, small ground-cover seems that it must be a different species of Guinea-flower. So far, I have only found one example of this species. With paler and smaller flowers, and darker leaves, it doesn’t resemble the Erect Guinea-flower we have elsewhere, but I can’t find anything that looks like it in my field guides. I’m very happy to find out what it is if you have more detailed knowledge than I do.
Whatever their species, for me, the cheerful colour and widespread nature of the Guinea-flower is a welcome Spring display. Along with the Bush-pea and the Tea Tree, which is starting to flower now, our bushland is looking very pretty at the moment.