Friday, November 9, 2012

Bidjigal Reserve, Baulkham Hills. 9th November 2012

On Thursdays I'm a volunteer worker at Baulkham Hills Council's Bidjiwong Community Nursery where I help with the propagation of (mainly) native plants indeginous to the area. These plants are then used in bush regeneration areas, local schools, parks, road-side plantings and as give aways to local residents for their gardens. This week I attended the nursery today (Friday) and so had a restricted 'window' in which to do my usual Flora Friday fling. Adjacent to the nursery is the Bidjigal Reserve, a small area of  protected bushland in suburbia, and this is where todays episode took place.
Since I started doing this Blog, I have had to look into the bush a little harder to find things I haven't noticed before and today 2 plants, Astrotricha latifolia and Marsdenia suaveolens are examples of plants I would have probably not noticed walking through the bush as I use to.

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Helichrysum diosmifolium  -  Pill Flower / Ball Everlasting.
Angophora costata  -
 Smooth-barked Apple / Sydney Red Gum.
Annual bark shedding, to expose a new
clean face.
Maybe a Goodenia sp.  (G. hederacea ?)

Caesia sp. (?)  Grass Lily.

 The frilly petticoats of
Elaeocarpus reticulatus  -  Blueberry Ash.

 The frilly petticoats of
Elaeocarpus reticulatus  -  Blueberry Ash.

Flowers of Ceratopetalum gummiferum  - 
New South Wales Christmas Bush. The bright red we see
at Christmas are the red fruiting parts, not the flowers. 

Asplenium australasicum  -  Bird's Nest Fern.

Astrotricha latifolia  -  Broad-leaf Star-hair.

Callistemon sp.  -  Bottlebrush 
(possible garden escapee, may not be native to this area?)
Billardiera scandens  -  Apple Berry, Dumplings.
Seeds of Acacia suaveolens  -  Sweet Wattle,
ready to go forth and multiply.
Cassytha sp.  -  Dodder / Devil's Twine.
A parasitic twiner that not only attacks its host but
attacks itself as well. Not the prettiest of plants.
Smilax glyciphylla  -  Native Sasaparilla.
Chewing the leaves give a rush of saliva and
 has an unusual perfumy after taste.
 (yes I've tried it).

Marsdenia suaveolens  -  Scented Milk Vine / Sweet Scented Doubah.

Fire fuel, Angophora leaves and Casuarina needles
cover the ground.

FEATHERS, FUR and FANG.       The Wildlife From Today.

Laughing Kookaburra

A fly from the  Lauxaniidae family.

Sulpher-crested Cockatoo.

Jumping Jack bull ant.

Bee or Wasp?


Hosta emerging  for its summer showing.

Cyclamin seed pod coiled and ready
to spring into dispersing its seeds.

Kangaroo Paw

Kangaroo Paw

Cordyline stricta

Seed pods of a Lomandra.

The bright red seeds of a Gahnia (Saw Sedge).

Graptophyllum excelsum  -  Scarlet Fushia.

Armeria Maritima  'Sea Pink'.

Geranium 'Khan'

Gladioli buds.

Gladioli  'Margaret Shultz'
(that's who I got it from).

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