Thursday, September 4, 2014

The bush in bloom

Over the next few months the Box-Ironbark forest around Rushworth, Whroo and Gobarup puts on a wonderful and ever-changing display of wildflowers. The jet black, fluted trunks of ironbark, rising like columns from quartzy ground provide an attractive contrast to the many colourfully flowering shrubs such as Grevillea, Acacia and Hibbertia species - and a wealth of terrestrial orchids. Time to get the sketchbook out!

Rosy Heath-myrtle Baeckea ramosissima

Whirrakee Wattle Acacia hakeoides

Small Crowea Crowea Exalata

Cypress Daisy Bush Olearia teretifolia

Spiky Guinea Flower Hibbertia exutiacies

Fairy Wax-flower Eriostemon verrucosus

Dainty Phebalium Phebalium festivum

Pink Beard-heath Styphelia ericoides

Prickly Cryptandra Cryptandra tomentosa

Mint Bush Prostanthera denticulata

Twiggy Bush-pea Pultenaea largiflorens

Fringe-myrtle Calytrix tetragona

Wax-lip orchid Glossodia major

Yam-daisy Microseris scapigera

Cypress Daisy, wattle and box gums