Monday, 8 October 2012

Botany: outdoors and in

On our dog-walk round the block this morning we noticed a lot of plants starting to flower in profusion.  The most pleasing of these (because I see it as a real signal of Spring, rather than just the end of Winter) was Daviesia mimosoides, the ultimate egg and bacon plant.

 Remaining in the Fabaceae a good covering of blossom on this Pultenaea procumbens,
 In the heath department this Brachyloma daphnoides was unusually well covered with flowers.
Poranthera microphylla is 'micro' in all regards.  I find the level of intricate detail repays the effort involved in getting down to its level.
I found the first examples of Stegostyla ustulata (for this year) on the property.  Indeed there quite a few, and as some of them had 'gone over' demonstrated that I hadn't been looking in the right place.  After a more extensive search I concluded that the plants are restricted to an indistinct area about 10m square in a area of similar Joycea/woodland habitat about 200m x 100m.   No wonder they are tough to locate.
 Back in Frances potting shed our small Dendrobium (acquired from K-Mart many years ago) is doing its purple thing with great effect.  (I should point out, for the Microtis fanciers, that these flowers are only about 12mm across so should not be dissed as 'cabbages'.)
 So, also in the potting shed, is Pterostylis curta given by a friend about 3 years ago.  It has put up multiple flowers each year.

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