Today was the day for the weekend stroll around part of our block of land (it’s a 100 acres so the stroll takes a while). What follows are some of the wildflowers found in the woodland and in the open grasslands.
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Goodenias are currently the most common flower on the property. They occur with one or two flowers per plant, with the plants being solitary, or clumping to form larger masses of yellow. The flower is about 2.5 cm (1 inch) across.
The Hyacinth Orchid, Dipodium, is not uncommon around the property. The most common by far is the dark stemmed variety (left hand side photograph). It’s probably Dipodium punctatum. The orchid on the right hand side is more rare. I’ve only seen a handful of specimens. It’s probably Dipodium variegatum. I’ll have a better idea once they’ve flowered (if they survive that long; rabbits or hares appear to enjoy eating just the flower heads, or the entire plant). The orchids here are about 40cm (16 inches) tall.
A common member of the pea family. The flower is about 1 cm (4/10 of an inch) across.
Another pea family member. The flower is slighly smaller than the previous specimen.
This unknown plant, with waxy looking petals, is now flowering. It’s about 1.5 cm (6/10 of an inch) tall.
A small plant with flowers just a few millimetres (1/10 inch) across.
November 28, 2004 flora podcast