Peak time for Leschenaultia biloba. This species is the one most commonly referred to as ‘Leschenaultia’ and it abounds in the Perth Hills. The iconic wreath flower, which I’ve recently posted about, is Leschenaultia macrantha.
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Next morning, a brief look around in a nature reserve on the edge of Narrogin.
Banksia nobilis, commonly known as golden dryandra.
Plenty of these orchids.
Then on to Dryandra Woodland. The reserve has a main loop road but is laced with an extensive network of drive trails.
It was on one of these minor trails that I achieved the rare feat of sighting a numbat. It was moving too fast to photograph but I had a clear view of it as it ran across the open ground under the wandoo trees in front of me. Mission accomplished!
The forest was heavily cut for timber in the early 20th century. Now, as National Park, it provides recreation around Wellington Dam and along the Collie River downstream of the dam. It’s a pretty area with good camp sites and walking and mountain-bike trails.
On the way back, a poke around Lakes Preston and Clifton, both a short distance inland from the coast between Bunbury and Mandurah in mature tuart (E. gomphocephala) forest, which is unique to the sandy soils of the Swan Coastal Plain between Perth and Busselton (Eucalyptus gomphocephala - Wikipedia).
The King Jarrah near the old Wellington Mills timber-milling townsite, of which nothing remains. Even though ancient and large by today’s standards, the King Jarrah is a rare ancient tree in the mostly regrowth jarrah forest and would have been soundly exceeded in girth size in the original forest.
A marri tree (once Eucalyptus calophylla, now Corymbia calophylla) to the left of King Jarrah.
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