Tuesday, November 25, 2014

On a Hillside Somewhere

Life lately has been getting in the way of posting some entries to the blog. Apart from a very brief visit to Nangara Reserve a couple of days ago, (for a first-of-the-season tick of a Rufous Fantail), even my excursions have been limited. There needs to be some changes made!

The JPEG files always have plenty of material on hand however. The following images were obtained last month, once again in the Bunyip State Park.

The Blanket Leaf is an interesting small tree/large shrub that prefers wet sclerophyll forests. It is a member of the asteraceae or daisy family, numerically the largest and most varied plant family in the world. The long soft leaves with their ‘wooly’ underside are responsible for the colloquial name of ‘bushman’s dunny paper’!

The Handsome Flat-pea is a common and widespread species and like nearly all peas has root nodules containing a Nitrogen ‘fixing’ bacteria that changes atmospheric Nitrogen into Ammonia which can then be used by other plants in the production of protein. Not only handsome but useful too!

Tetratheca or Pink Bells is always a delight to come across in the bush. There are 50 or 60 species in the genus and they are endemic to Australia. My delight was heightened when I found plenty of the less often seen white form.

Another of the beautiful pea species I came across this day was the Rough Bush-pea with the wedge-shaped leaf.

I remember the weather being a little dull but ‘any day in the bush is a good day’.

1 comment:

  1. This year has been the year of me falling in love with all the interesting plants in the bush, so I enjoyed this post a lot! I saw my first Handsome Flat Peas last month in a tiny urban reserve on the Sunshine Coast, so will hopefully recognise this species more often.