Wednesday, 3 September 2014

ANPS does Gale in a gale

After the walk I was listening to a meteorologist who explained that although the measured temperature at that time was 12C  the apparent temperature was 4C - and the wind was moderating compared to the morning!

Despite the foul wind there were a lot of plants - in some families - around.  I refer to 'some families' as one family -Orchidaceae was not represented by any flowers (leaves and buds don't do it for me).   It was somewhat difficult to stop the flowers that were present from blowing around to take snaps but I have got a few, which follow.

These include 6 of the 7 flowering wattles (I missed Acacia ulicifolia).   Due to closeness to Wattle Day I will include the images, even though I have done most of them already in the past few weeks.

This first one is Acacia pycnantha - this is Australia's floral emblem and is in essence the reason that our Acacias kept the name (rather than changing to something like Australoacacia if the normal rules had held and the African thorn trees had taken precedence).
 A. genistifolia
 A dealbata
 A. rubida
 A dawsonii
 A. gunnii - this one of the bright yellow ones referred to by Ros.  I do not wish to stir possums, but the leaves look a tad strange in shape to me as well as thecolour of the flowers.
 No egg and bacon beans (to mix a culinary metaphor) this week but three high spectrum ones.  This will probably be my last image of Hardenbergia violacea this season.
 An early Indigofera australis.
 Again the last: in this case of Hovea heterophylla.
Leucopogon fletcheri: this was the first open flower I saw so I snapped it as they are not open at all at El Rancho Carwoola.
 Then I found truckloads of them later, so I took them as well!
 A sample of Cryptandra speciosa.
Wurmbea dioica - the only monocot taken today.
 Scleranthus diander
Clematis leptophylla: one of a number of very large bushes in close proximity.
Nearly all the plants were males with flowers like this, with short stamens.
 This is a female with a number of styles, much longer than the stamens of the more butch plants.
Leucochrysum albicans tricolor with attendant hoverfly....
 ... and without the insect.
 Chrysocephalum apiculatum (green form).
 Microseris lanceolatum - the season's first Yam Daisy.
Lomandra bracteata - about three times life size.
 Veronica perfoliata
 Finally a bird! A Common Bronzewing - I believe a male - with the bronae iridescence just visible.


Ian Fraser said...

Nice snaps again - your new camera is definitely paying its way. But where is Gale?

Flabmeister said...

Thanks Ian. Off Wickerslack Lane Qbn. I shall have to give you a tour there sometime!