Wildflowers of Western Australia – Part III
By Judy Evans
August 30, 2016 7:47pm CST
This is the third part of a series showing you the wildflowers we saw on our recent visit to the Mid-West region of Western Australia. They are mostly blue and purple shades with a couple of extras thrown in for good measure. The first photo here is of the nuts of a quandong tree, also called a native peach. It is a hemiparasitic tree meaning it can gain nutrients by photosynthesis but uses the roots of other trees to gain nutrients from the soil. These fleshy fruits will turn red when ripe. When the large seeds are dried, they are ideal as Chinese checker 'men'. Do any of you remember Chinese checkers? Hopefully in the second photo you'll be able to see a bee homing in on the flower. Despite the speed of the camera shot, his wings still appear as a blur. The last two shots are a bit out of place really but shows the beauty and colour of paddocks of canola or rapeseed almost ready for harvest. They're almost as pretty as the carpets of everlastings. And somewhere in our travels we saw these brilliant gazanias, totally out of place but still lovely.
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• Walnut Creek, California
31 Aug 16
Funny, I was just discussing "parasitic" plants with my colleagues today. Both my Indian Warrior and Indian Paintbrush friends gather nutrients from the roots of other plants. Can the fleshy fruits of these plants be eaten?
• United States
31 Aug 16
gorgeous slide show, ms. judy. i'm kinda glad the bees wings t'weren't captured, jest adds to the photo to me anyhow :) that field 'f rapeseed jest looks so soothin' 'n those gazanias? wowzers! don't reckon i've e'er seen so many'n one place. most interestin' 'bout that native peach tree. so enjoyed goin''n this journey with y'all!
• Bunbury, Australia
31 Aug 16
We've just been into a nearby town cemetery where we were told there were several different kinds of spider orchids. We now have wet shoes and the bottoms of our jeans are wet but we saw nary a one! But we did see some other stuff.