September 2015 Field Visit – Spring Flowers

I love September – winter is finished, summer isn’t quite here yet, and there’s wildflowers everywhere – so for September’s field trip I decided to visit several sites around the region and see what flowers I could find. A warning for people with slow connection speeds – this post is very pic-heavy.

As always, click on photos to view larger, and please excuse the variation in image quality, I used three different cameras this month, including the one on my phone, which is not the best.

I started in Ganmain because the daisies and hop-bushes (Dodonaea viscosa) beside the road caught my eye as I drove past. Strictly speaking, the lovely colourful things on the hop bushes aren’t flowers, those are their seeding bodies, but they’re much prettier and more eye-catching than the flowers.

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I also found my first Early Nancies (Wurmbea dioica) of the season. I used to work with a woman who would have referred to these specific flowers as ‘Early Neds’, because Early Nancies have separate male and female flowers/plants, and these flowers are male.

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Male Early Nancy (Wurmbea diocia)

Also present: Bulbine Lilies (Bulbine bulbosa).

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I had been told about some orchids near Narrandera, so those were next on my list – and were not the only flowers I found there. I visited three different sites around Narrandera Shire and found lovely carpets of different flowers at each.

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Yellow Burr-daisy (Calotis lappulacea)
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Yellow and Purple Burr-daisies (Calotis spp.)

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Austral Bugle (Ajuga australia)
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Austral Bugle (Ajuga australia)
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Common Everlasting (Chrysocephalum apiculatum)
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Common Everlasting (Chrysocephalum apiculatum)

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On the orchid front I found a lot of Pink Finger Orchids (Caladenia carnea) and several Midget Greenhood Orchids (Pterostylis mutica).

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Also present: Goodenias, Sticky Everlastings, daisies, more Bulbine Lilies, and some tiny little purple pea-like flowers which might be a species of Glycine.

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I also made a (sadly brief, late-in-the-day) visit to Mundawaddery cemetery near Pleasant Hills. Small rural cemeteries as a general rule are great for finding native flowers, because beyond a bit of mowing a few times a year, and any grazing  from local rabbits and kangaroos, they tend to be fairly untouched, which means that species that drop out of more disturbed systems are often present.

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Golden Moth Orchid aka Donkey Orchid (Diuris sp.)
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Sundew (Drosera sp.)
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Early Nancy flowers – females on lower left, males upper right.
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Greenhood orchid (Pterostylis sp.)
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Native Buttercup (Ranunculus sp.)

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I also have some bird pics I want to share, and have remembered that I promised a follow-up post to August’s field trip and haven’t put it up yet, so keep your eyes on the site and I’ll try and get those up soonish.

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