Friday, August 18, 2006

Cottesloe's local wildflowers



Today I had a walk along the Cottesloe foreshore to photograph the local plants that have started to flower since my last 'wildflowers' posting in July. Down on the beach, Carpobrotus virescens, commonly called pig face, was flowering in the sun with the silky grey leaves of Spinifex hirsutus or hairy spinifex behind it. Spinifex is an important grass on the beach as its long rope-like rhizomes help stabilise the foredunes. The yellow flowering pigface, Carpobrotus edulis is a South African species which has naturalised here.


I met two bobtails enjoying the sun. This young one, approximately 15cms long is only a couple of months old but a big sleepy lizard was also out in the sun, most probably after quite a few weeks asleep. Soon the bobtails will be actively on the lookout for a mate and this is when they often are killed by cars as they cross the roads.
Please keep and eye out for these beautiful lizards on the roads. The Grevillea preissii (thelemanniana) is a planted specimen but it is a local Cottesloe species.



At Grant Marine Park, Acacia lasiocarpa ( dune moses) is putting on its bright yellow show. Dune moses is a dense low shrub which only reaches a metre high. It has leaves not phyllodes and has small spines.



Along the dual-use path in South Cottesloe Myoporum insulare (boobiala) is flowering at present. A dense shrub with sweet smelling leaves which grows 2 to 3 m high. In summer the ripe, purple, succulent fruit are eaten by birds.

Last month I included pictures of both Spyridium globulosum (basket bush) and Hardenbergia comptoniana (native wisteria) but the native wisteria scrambling over the basket bush at Grant Marine Park in North Cottesloe looked so beautiful that I had to take another photo.

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