On the ridges away from the river, the Golden Wattle, A. pycnantha is of course in full bloom, a common and sometimes dominant understory species, but in my opinion one of our most showy and beautiful wattles.
Continuing with the yellow theme, the Golden Grevillea, G. chrysophaea, lacking the rusty indumentum of the Heyfield form, but very hairy nonetheless. Strangely, on another ridge further downstream there is a form with almost glabrous flowers.
I still prefer the old name, Dillwynia retorta for the next species, now known as D. phylicoides. It too was just coming into early flower.
And another, the Grey Guinea-flower, Hibbertia obtusifolia that had escaped the burning, flowering above fresh new foliage .
From yellows to bluish shades, new flowers and buds on the Nodding Blue-lily, Stypandra glauca, and the first flowers on Hovea heterophylla.
And finally, an everlasting, formerly Helipterum, now Leucochrysum albicans, the Hoary Sunray. Many fresh young plants springing up in the rocky soil beside the track with a few very early flowers.
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In September and October 2009 a series of posts covered spring flowering plants of the Avon River country; after five years and with signs of an early spring, it’s perhaps time to again visit the botanically rich Avon and feature some of the plants that are coming into flower already.
On a previous trip to the area in March, we saw signs advising of “prescribed burning” operations to be undertaken, and I was interested to see how much had been incinerated. Happily, although they had certainly tried, the country was too damp for fire to take hold, and only small areas had been burnt with many of my favourite plant populations escaping, eg. Boronia anemonifolia. Flower colour of this boronia varies from white to deep pink, this was a nice pink form.
Although we are still in mid winter many plants are on the move, Leucopogon ericoides was flowering freely.
Epacris impressa can be found flowering throughout the year, the local form is a good pink.
Bird life was interesting, during the trip I saw three pairs of Spotted Quail-thrush, Crescent Honeyeaters were calling all around me, and a Whipbird and Lyrebird were calling from the gully beside the track. Correa reflexa is a highly variable plant, the form in this locality has a long narrow green bell and wrinkled hairy foliage.
Close to the river Prostanthera rotundifolia appears in the gully, it too was getting an early start.
And among the rocks beside the Avon I found the first flowers on the Calytrix tetragona.
To be continued.
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