Monday, 25 August 2014

Flowering in August at Rocky Bend

A team of enthusiasts visited Rocky Bend south of Moonta to check out what was flowering on the reserve. What an enchanting time we had. At least 25 species ranging from tiny herbaceous plants to spreading mallees and trees, including the leafless cherry, were in flower .

The most common flowering plant was Cryptandra amara with the small shrubs making a lovely display.

The Lasiopetalum baueri - slender velvet bushes - were the most vigorous I've seen in the bush. The bush sometimes look straggly and dull, and the beautiful flowers hang down, hiding their beauty.

I'd not noticed Dodonaea hexandra defore - horned hop-bush - it being a small twiggy shrub reaching about 0.5m. The plant was no longer in flower, what we were seeing were the brightly coloured fruit capsules. There were only a few of the plants bearing the fruit and I'll be keeping an eye out for them in future.

The orchids, lily and sundew families were exciting to find.  Diuris - donkey orchid - were flowering, sometimes in groups and sometimes singly. This photo (and the  Lasiopetalum) was taken by David as you can see by the brilliant quality.

And who is this tiny butterfly / moth so well camouflaged among the lichen and pebbles?

Being a roadside reserve, there were possibly 25 species of weeds were flowering as well as all the delightful Aussie plants.  Some of us spent a bit of time pulling out weeds. Maybe we should get out there in a systematic way, while accepting that it will be a constant battle.

1 comment:

  1. The orchid is Diuris palustris (Little Donkey-orchid), which is a distinctive species.

    The brown butterfly is a common species, Junonia villida calybe. It has the common name of Meadow Argus. This is a good species to have around because their larvae eat some of the weeds like Plantain.