Report of excursion to Lilwarre and Rokewood Cemetery in November 2014.
We gathered a Lilwarre and were met by Emily and Peter. Many plants were finished flowering because of the early spring. Several Small Grass-tree Xanthorrhoea minor were flowering without the stimulation of fire. A variety of yellow flowers were scattered – Trailing Goodenia Goodenia lanata, Upright Guinea-flower Hibbertia riparia, Tiger Orchid Diuris sulphurea, Wattle Mat-rush Lomandra filiformis and the lemon tint of Common Wedge-pea Gomopholobium hueglii.
We had a close look at a bunch of red flowers under a Scentbark which had fallen from Drooping Mistletoe Amyema pendula. Chocolate Lily Arthropogon strictum had a few few flowers remaining and Blue Pin-cushion Brunonia australis was seen with the usual blue and some mauve coloured flowers. Other orchids seen were Common and Slender Onion Orchid Microtis unifolia and M. parviflora, Purple Beard Orchid Calochilus robertsonii, Flying Duck Orchid Caleana major, and stem of Hyacinth Orchid Dipodium sp. emerging through the hard-packed soil along a track.
Several small plants were seen and identified. Blue Bottle-daisy Lagenophora stipata, Small Bottle-daisy Solengyne dominii (which had small dark seeds), Hairy Stylewort Levenhookia dubia (tiny 4-petalled flowers), Brooklime Gratiola pubescens (a herb with white flowers) and Centella C. cordifolia (a creeping plant with heart-shaped leaves).
Galahs were using a hollow Scentbark and a pair of Kookaburras stayed close to the hollow at the top a broken Scentbark trunk. The bird sighting which created the most interest was a pair of Spotted Pardolotes carrying stringy bark nesting material into a burrow in a pile of soil within 4 metres of of Emily and Peter’s kitchen window. Carol took some good shots.
Image: Carol Hall
In the afternoon we travelled to Rokewood. Between Berringa and Dereel we stopped at a dry hillside and Emily showed us Common Rustyhood Pterostylis squamata. At the Rokewood Cemetery the well managed grasslands had a colouful display of Button Wrinklewort Rutidosis leptorrynchoides, Common everlasting Chryocephalum apiculatum, Hoary Sunray Leucochrysum albicans var. tricolor, Pink Bindweed Convolvulus erubescens, Feather-heads Ptilotus macrocephalus and Blue Devil Eryngium ovinum. Less welcome was the South African Orchid Disa bracteata which is proving difficult to control.