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Group 3: Grevillea to Nemcia
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Grevillea dielsiana
Grevillea dielsiana, or "Diels Grevillea" is a very prickly shrub described as growing north and east of Geraldton. Goldmine Hill, North Dandelup, WA, September, 2001.  52 kB 
Grevillea excelsior
Grevillea excelsior, the "Flame Grevillea", is a small tree widespread in WA, and only found there. (This name is also used for G. eriostachya found in WA only, and G. dimorpha found in the Eastern states.) Near Karlgarin, WA, October, 2001.  35 kB 
Smelly Socks
Grevillea leucopteris, called "Smelly Socks" (owing to the rankness of its perfume) or "White Plume Grevillea", is a unique medium shrub which sends up the flowerheads on long stalks. Common on northern sandplains inland and north from Geraldton, it is also seen in roadside plantings along Perth freeways. Kalbarri, WA, September, 2001.  47 kB 
Pink Grevillea (?)
Grevillea spp., photographed on the road between Esperance and Salmon Gums. Any suggestions? Near Salmon Gums, WA, October, 2001.  47 kB 
Thread Iris (?) 1
These low-growing small flowers (about 25mm diam.) with thin grass-like leaves are most likely to be Gynandriris setifolia, or "Thread Iris", an introduced plant from South Africa. It is a declared poisonous weed in Australia. At a picnic ground north of Bremer Bay where the South Coast Highway crosses the Pallinup River, WA, October, 2001.  15 kB 
Thread Iris (?) 2
This is the same flower as before, photographed at the same location. 
 13 kB 
White Paper Daisy
Helipterum floribundum syn Rhodanthe floribunda, the "White Paper Daisy" or "Common White Sunray", is widespread in drier parts of Australia, in moister places. At the Windfarm, Albany, WA, September 2001.  20 kB 
Pink Everlastings
Helipterum roseum syn Rhodanthe chlorocephala, the "Pink Everlasting" or "Pink Paper Daisy", is found in arid inland areas of southwestern WA. near Gracetown, WA, October, 2001.  21 kB 
Rose Cone Bush
Isopogon dubius, common names "Rose Cone Bush", "Pincushion Coneflower" or "Pixie Mops", a bushy shrub to 1 metre, WA only. Green Head, WA, September 2001.  25 kB 
Kingia australis 1
Kingia australis, or "Western Australian Grass Tree" is found only between Perth and Albany and flowers irregularly, but usually after a fire. This one was photographed in a recently burnt-out area. I finished up covered with charcoal from all the blackened shrubs and trees. Stirling Ranges, north of Albany, WA, October, 2001.  27 kB 
Kingia australis 2
Kingia australis, in the same region as above. They were flowering very prolifically in this area after a recent fire. Stirling Ranges, WA, October, 2001. 
 38 kB 
Kunzea and Banksia
Kunzea spp. and Banksia spp. (or Dryandra spp.) (as seedling), making a charming natural flower arrangement complemented by the rich red gravel in the WA heathland. Stirling Ranges, north of Albany, WA, October, 2001.  21 kB 
Lambs Tails (purple centre)
Lachnostachys eriobotrya, or "Lambs Tails" (This one has a purple centre), do well in the warm, drier inland areas of WA. Kalbarri, WA, September 2001. 
 23 kB 
Chittick 1
Lambertia inermis, the "Chittick", flowers the year around in the sandy heaths and mallee woodlands of the southwest of WA. Color ranges red , orange to yellow. Albany-Bremer Bay road, WA, October, 2001.  14 kB 
Blue Leschenaultia
Leschenaultia biloba, "Blue Leschenaultia", (often mis-spelt without the "s"), is natural only to WA, where it is found widely on gravelly hillsides, particularly in the southwest. Cultivated widely in gardens. Western Flora Caravan Park, near Eneabba, WA, September, 2001.  24 kB 
Wreath Flower
Leschenaultia macrantha, the unique "Wreath Flower", amazingly, grows in bare gravel roadsides, quarries, cemeteries, etc., particularly around Perenjori and Mullewa, inland from Geraldton. Near Perenjori, WA, September, 2001.  36 kB 
Curry Flower
Lysinema ciliatum, the "Curry Flower", (from its aroma) is widespread in the WA souther and western coastal heathland plains. at Alexander Morrison National Park, near Coorow, WA, September, 2001.  15 kB 
Macrozamia Seed Heads
Macrozamia spp., "Macrozamia Palms", ancient flowerless palms shown here with large, fascinating seed heads, are seen in Australian forests except SA, Victoria and Tasmania. I presume this might be the WA plant M. riedlei, but I'm not sure. Collie-Donnybrook area, WA, September 2001.  18 kB 
Wiry melaleuca (?)
Melaleuca filifolia (?), also called the "Wiry Melaleuca" or "Wiry Honeymyrtle". (It could also be M. nematophylla.) The former is found mainly north of Perth. Near Kalbarri, WA, September, 2001.  24 kB 
Melaleuca nematophylla (?)
Meleleuca nematophylla (or M. scabra), like the above flower, glows in the shrubbery with its beautiful bright pink flowers with yellow tips. Western Flora Caravan Park, near Eneabba, WA, September 2001.  18 kB 
Nemcia leakeana
Nemcia leakeana syn Oxylobium atropurpureum, the "Mountain Pea", is restricted to the southwest of WA. Stirling Ranges, north of Albany, WA, October, 2001.  10 kB 

© William G. Leithhead 2006