Arid Plants  2021  

 

Photographs and commentary: copyright Jonathan C Nevill,  2021, unless otherwise credited. Camera: Samsung Galaxy S7. 

 

I left Perth (Western Australia) on September 14, in my Hyundai campervan. 

Springtime is a good time for flowers in southern Australia. 

Western Australia has some amazing plants, like prostrate banksias, not found in other States.

I arrived home in Hobart, via the trans-Tasman ferry, on October 1. Unfortunately I was unable to visit my Victorian friends on account of covid.

This photo-essay is devoted to the plants and flowers I saw on the trip.

 

At Fernhook Falls

 

 

Grasstrees at Fernhook Falls. Note the tall one in the background; a plant of this size would be hundreds of years old.

 

 

Waychinup

 

 

One-sided bottlebrush

 

 

Waychinup

 

 

Waychinup

 

 

 

 

 

Waychinup coastal healthland. Unfortunately photographed on a cloudy morning.

 

 

Cape Arid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape Arid

 

 

 

 

 

Cape Le Grande

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape Le Grande. Prostate banksia (plan view).

 

 

Cape Le Grande

 

 

Leaving Cape Le Grande. In some places the roadside turned purple....

 

 

Near the town of Norseman.

 

 

Spinifex in flower. Arid Plants Botanic Garden, Port Augusta, South Australia.

This is a world-class botanic garden. Highly recommended.

 

 

Typical spinifex growth habit: 'dead' stems in the centre, and a ring of green growth on the outside. Can anyone tell me the evolutionary or ecological significance of this habit?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book-leaf Mallee

 

 

Needle-leaf wattle

 

 

I love these purple circular seed-pods.

 

 

Red Mallee

 

 

Xanthorrhoea thorntonii

 

 

Gilja Mallee

 

 

These seed pods are over 25mm in diameter! Striking! Apparently some visitors to the botanic garden come here SOLELY to see this plant!

 

 

Victoria Spring Mallee

 

 

 

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