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Group 2: Cassia to Eucalyptus
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Cockroach Bush
Cassia notabilis, the "Cockroach Bush", an unusual-looking plant from dry areas in northwest WA. I love the yellow and brown colors of the shiny seedpods. near Exmouth, North West Cape Range, WA, September 2001.  28 kB 
Clematis pubescens and Kennedia coccinea
Clematis pubescens and Kennedia coccinea, ie, the common Clematis also called "Old Man's Beard" twines charmingly amongst the fresh shrubbery, complemented by the widespread red "Coral Vine" into a natural bouquet. Collie-Donnybrook area, WA, September 2001.  29 kB 
Sturt's Desert Pea 1
Clianthus formosus, or "Sturt's Desert Pea" is normally red with a shiny black central "boss". But around Exmouth grow modified forms such as this totally red specimen. (See below for another variety.) Exmouth, WA, September 2001.  40 kB 
Sturt's Desert Pea 2
Clianthus formosus, "Sturt's Desert Pea" growing west of the North West Cape Range, again all-red, but a paler color than above. North West Cape Range, WA, September 2001.  15 kB 
Sturt's desert Pea 3
Clianthus formosus, "Sturt's Desert Pea" showing yet another variety. These color variations are unique to this area. North West Cape Range, WA, September 2001.  17 kB 
Smokebush 1
Conospermum spp., one of the widespread "Smokebushes" These shrubs are widespread, with many species known, but I found them difficult to identify. Any suggestions?. They all have smoky white stems, with the actual flowers looking like little dark spots ranging from black, purple to bluish. Near Green Head, WA, September 2001.  35 kB 
Smokebush 2
Conospermum spp., a wider shot of the above "Smokebush" specimen. It is interesting that Conospermum species are being studied for their chemical components, which show promise as anti-AIDS drugs. Green Head, WA, September 2001.  32 kB 
Conospermum spp., another typical "Smokebush", the stems looking sparser than the above. Green Head, WA, September 2001.  21 kB 
Smokebush 4
Conospermum spp., "Smokebush". This one has indigo-blue flowers. At Hellfire Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park, near Esperance, WA, October, 2001.  28 kB 
Smokebush 5
Conospermum spp., "Smokebush". This shows beautiful deep blue flowers at the ends of the stems. In the Stirling Ranges, WA, October, 2001.  20 kB 
Conostylis with green beetle
Conostylis spp., or "Cotton Tops", are widespread in WA. I find the species difficult to identify. A green beetle landed by chance, adding to the colors of the photo. Western Flora Caravan Park, near Eneabba, WA, September 2001.  10 kB 
Dampiera spp., the "Dampieras" are widespread in the WA bush, showing as blue splashes in the heathlands, matching the yellow of the Hibbertias. I find it hard to identify species with any certainty, just from the photos. Suggestions welcome. Stirling Ranges, WA, October, 2001.  16 kB 
Native Rose
Diplolaena angustifolia, or "Native Rose" belongs to the Boronia family. There are 6 kinds, all in WA. We found this one next to the lighthouse at Cape Naturaliste. Cape Naturaliste, Busselton, WA, September 2001.  28 kB 
Sundew flowers 1
Drosera barbigera, one of the sundews. This one was in the typical orange-colored gravelly soil on the roadside. (It could perhaps also be D. sewelliana or D. platystigma.) Green Head, WA, September 2001.  20 kB 
Sundew flowers 2
Drosera spatulata?, another one of the widepread sundews. I'm not at all sure of this species, but I was taken by the vivid color of the flat rosettes of leaves contrasted with the typically sandy soil of the west. Western Flora Caravan Park, near Eneabba, WA, September 2001.  38 kB 
Dryandra formosa
Dryandra formosa, "Showy Dryandra", a large shrub or small tree common on stony or peaty soils in southwestern WA.6 Near Albany, WA, October, 2001. 
 27 kB 
Dryandra quercifolia
Dryandra quercifolia, the "Oak-leaf Dryandra", is common in gravelly soils in the southern coast of WA. Stirling Ranges, north of Albany, WA, October, 2001. 
 17 kB 
Dryandra sessilis
Dryandra sessilis, another of the Dryandras peculiar to WA and widespread there. Western Flora Caravan Park, WA, September 2001.  19 kB 
Purple Enamel Orchid 1
Elythranthera brunonis, the "Purple Enamel Orchid" is found only in WA. It appears to hybridize with the "Pink Enamel Orchid" (Elythranthera emarginata), which can be confusing. Collie-Donnybrook region, WA, September 2001.  23 kB 
Purple Enamel Orchid (closeup)
Elythranthera brunonis, the "Purple Enamel Orchid", closeup of previous. Collie-Donnybrook, WA, September 2001. 
 11 kB 
Albany Blackbutt(?) with butterfly.
Eucalyptus staeri (?), "Albany Blackbutt" (I'm not sure of this.) The butterfly alighted by chance as I focussed the shot. Near Salmon Gums, north of Esperance, WA, October, 2001.  23 kB 

© William G. Leithhead 2006