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Autumn Wild Flower Walks (8 photos)

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The beautiful bell-shaped flowers of the Common Heath plant.

It is finally beginning to feel like Autumn, even though technically, it has been for a few weeks.  Over the past few days I have been noticing many familiar wild flowers beginning to grow.  This post shows a few of the plants I have come across this week. Some are just setting leaves, and will flower later – in winter or spring.  Others, are already in flower.  It’s great to see so many young plants growing along the sides of the bush tracks.  Among them I’ve noticed a few different kinds of heath,  a few pea species, tea tree, Erect Guinea Flower, Twining Fringe-lily and a number of different rounded orchid leaves.  Here we go on another wild flower adventure!  Each year has been different, based on the weather. I wonder what 2015 has in store? Both pink flowered and white flowered Common Heath plants have been in bloom since mid Summer, and continue to thrive in the mild conditions.  The white heath is pictured, above.  I see smaller heath plants sprouting from the soil all around the property.  Next year it should be a very good show!

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Emerging from the earth beneath the cover of dry leaves are numerous tiny heath plants.

We have small patches of Cranberry Heath in a number of different locations, but they all seem to be progressing at different rates. I’ve seen two  plants in flower,  so hopefully it won’t be too long before the rest follow. The flowers are a glorious red!

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The ground cover, Cranberry Heath, has very distinctive leaves and shape, so I was pleased to see this one in flower too.

The orchid season  has started as well.  Small numbers of Parsons Bands Orchids have been flowering for a couple of weeks, and with some rain,  they seem to have popped up everywhere in the last couple of days.  I know we had them last year, but I don’t recall seeing them in such numbers. The milder summer, and recent rain seem to have suited their required growing conditions.

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One of the tiny Parson’s Banks Orchids flowering this week. The entire plant stands about 10 cm to 15 cm high.

A couple of days ago,  I noticed the first Tiny Greenhood for the season. Such delightful plants!  Today I found some smaller Greenhoods which I can’t yet identify.  They were about 4cm in height and had a single flower on each stem, with no leaves on the ground.  If anyone can help me to identify them, I would appreciate it.

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The first Tiny Greenhood I spotted this season. Today I found them growing in a few different places, so more are coming!
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These Greenhoods were about a third the size of the Tiny Greenhood plant, and seem to have single flowers. There are no leaves on the ground.

Finally, some much loved spring flowers setting leaves:  the Twining Fringe-lily and the Common Flat-pea.  I can’t wait to see these beautiful flowers again.

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These leaves are so unusual and once learned, never forgotten. In Spring this plant will have large golden pea flowers.
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Another immediately recognisable plant in the Twining Fringe-lily which will flower in spring. This one curls up around a bracken stem.

6 thoughts on “Autumn Wild Flower Walks (8 photos)

    1. Thanks Fabio. Sorry the posts have been so far apart this year. I’m doing a few other things and finding time has been the problem. I have heaps of photos to share! 🙂 Have a great Easter. Lisa

      1. Hello Lisa! Keep up Fifteen Acres in good shape, as you always do, and guard the photos with care. Take care of yourself as well. We need your photos and your writing! No need to rush, okay? You and yours have a happy Easter Sunday! 🙂

    1. The Parsons Bands Orchid is tiny – I have recently gone out with a ruler, and the smallest of those we have is about 5cm high. The tallest about 21cm high. Some have two flowers and other have only a single flower. Reading the field guide, they can have up to five flowers on a stem. Ours seem to be either single or double. Also, there are smaller orchids in Australia, some of which I am yet to find. Lisa

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