This is a totally unfamiliar plant, with its stem-hugging clusters of fleshy orange ‘flowers’ … or are they fruit? ‘Mistletoe’ crossed my mind but there are no accompanying copycat leaves. What is this?
Orange is common enough in the fungi world, here forming bright stepping platters up this stump.
Often it will be seen glowing brightly as new leaves amongst the green, as so prettily done by this vine.
Many of the pea flowering shrubs sport orange in their yellow hearts, as in what I assume is a Dillwynia, noted as very plentiful at Kattang. Any such flowers we used to call ‘Bacon and eggs.’
Others have no orange in their yellow pea centres. I have now bought some secondhand wildflower books but none are arranged so that I can look up, say, ‘all yellow flowers’.
So I am even more confused. Is this a Pultenaea?
And then I see a single tall leggy shrub with clusters of golden flowers and long thin leaves… nothing like the dense low ones. Help! I need a friendly local botanist…
One familiar sunny face was the Twining Guinea Flower (Hibbertia scandens) that I first met at my Mountain.
Leaving the sunny colours, but staying on the warm side of the spectrum, I am relieved to see a plant I do know: the purple Hardenbergia, one of my favourite native climbers, also with pea-shaped blooms. No idea what the white flowering shrub is that it is threading its way through, but a pretty sight altogether!
And flowering fairy-like amongst the grasses were lots of these Blue Flax Lilies (Dianella revoluta). Tiny but stunning, dangling purple stars with golden centres. A fittingly royal purple end to this wildflower walk…
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Hi Robyn, Many thanks for those insights. Will follow up!
My friend Jane asked me if I knew any of the plants you photographed.
Photo #1. I think this could be Clerodendrum floribundum or Lollybush
Photo #5 is Gompholobium latifolium or Giant Wedge Pea
Hope this helps. Robyn
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