Swamp Isotome
Small enough to look like ordinary lawn weeds when glimpsed from a standing position, these native Australian flowers are quite interesting when viewed close-up.


According to the field guides I consulted, the Swamp Isotome grows seasonally in moist depressions.  I didn’t really think we had any moist depressions as the soil is very sandy and doesn’t hold water for long.  When I think about it, the seepage from the dam probably flows beneath the spot they were growing.  This grassy area is also where the Ivy Leaf  Violets were growing.

Initially I thought the Swamp Isotome was an exotic weed.  I almost didn’t bother to photograph it.  However, my habit is to photograph anything in flower so I can record both exotics and native plants, so I took this shot in haste, with the intention of  identifying it.  The photograph was taken in November, but I really can’t say how long the flowers lasted.  My impression was that they were contained to a small area, and there were not very many of them.  I look forward to photographing them again in November  this year, to reveal the details of the flower more fully.

Swamp Isotomes are matting plants and the flowers can range in colour from mauve to blue.