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27 June 2003

This walk starts at the Nursery and continues into the mallee area. Walking to this area this morning, the sun’s rays are penetrating the mist and dewdrops glisten on plant foliage … really very pleasant, despite the wintry temperatures.

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Melaleuca radula - click for larger image

Olearia astroloba [Section 34] has violet daisies mixed with grey-green leaves while Grevillea lanigera [Section 34], edging the road, is a dense ground cover with pink and cream spider-like flowers. Brachycome multifida ‘Break O’Day’ [Section 34] is another ground cover with small mauve daisies brightening the soft foliage. Across the road, Correa pulchella (variant 2) [Section 100] is a small spreading shrub with pendent red tubular flowers mixing with the dark green foliage. Melaleuca radula [Section 100] displays its soft pink lacey flowers about this open upright shrub while Eriostemon youngii [Section 100] displays its dusky pink tubular flowers mixed with the green-grey foliage on the upright slim shrub. Olearia ramosissima [Section 41] is a dwarf shrub vivid with mauve-tinted white daisies.

Entering the boardwalk in the mallee area, Prostanthera incurvata [Section 100] is a dwarf open aromatic shrub with pale pink tubular flowers. Grevillea dielsiana [Section 100] is a many-branched upright shrub well covered with short fine divided foliage from which the lovely orange-red flower clusters hang. Dampiera lanceolata var. lanceolata [Section 100] displays its deep blue flowers on tumbling stems while Eremophila maculata [Section 100] displays its bright yellow bugle-shaped flowers over a small shrub.

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Grevillea centristigma - click for larger image

At the curve, Astartea heteranthera [Section 100] is a dwarf shrub with the lateral branches covered, in profusion, with pink-tinted white flowers with dark centres. In the background, Grevillea maxwellii [Section 100] is a dense, spreading, semi-prostrate shrub with long red flower clusters seen below the foliage. Hypocalymma sp. [Section 100] has tiny pink lacey flowers on the small shrub while Eremophila punicea [Section 100] is a low spreading woolly greenish-grey shrub with fine light green curved tubular flowers almost concealed in the foliage.

Grevillea centristigma [Section 100] is of medium size with soft silky hairy leaves which cover its bright yellow flowers. Opposite, Banksia epica [Section 100] has many juvenile green flower spikes sharing the old misshapen shrub with the mature flower spikes, which are light ochre with dark styles. Eremophila oppositifolia [Section 100] continues to bear curved mauve, almost white, tubular flowers mixing with the grey-green foliage. Baeckea crassifolia [Section 100] is another dwarf shrub clad with white flowers, while opposite, Thryptomene denticulata [Section 100] is small with long lateral branches profusely covered with deep pink flowers. Westringia crassifolia [Section 100] is an upright shrub of medium size dotted with mauve flowers, while opposite, Acacia aphylla [Section 100] is a leafless, much-branched, erect shrub dotted with yellow flower balls. Banksia ericifolia var. ericifolia [Section 103], at the boardwalk exit, is a large dense shrub bright with long cylindrical rich gold flower spikes.

Such flowers … well worth the walk …                                             Barbara Daly.          



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