Wildflower Country

We have had a week of travelling the wildflower way in Western Australia’s mid north and have had a ball and seen lots of beautiful flowers.

We have seen many traditional and well known wildflowers, but also some tiny and elusive orchids. I love hunting for terrestrial orchids, it feels like a great treasure hunt that is sometimes very rewarding and sometimes very disappointing.

This area of Western Australia is one of the most diverse wildflower areas in the world.

Lets go have a look…

ant orchid

Caladenia roei
Ant Orchid, Clown Orchid
Northern form

Antelope Orchid

Dancing spider orchid or antelope orchid, both names are used

Caladenia xantha Primrose orchid 1

Primrose Orchid

common spider orchid

common spider orchid

common spider orchid

common spider orchid, Caladenia vulgata

common spider orchids

Caladenia vulgata, common spider orchids

Daddy Long legs spider orchid Caladenia longicauda subsp borealis

Daddy Long legs spider orchid,
Caladenia longicauda subsp borealis

feild of spider orchids

Another field of orchids

Caladenia xantha Primrose Spider Orchid

Caladenia xantha
Primrose Spider Orchid

primrose orchid

This shows the size of a primrose orchid

spoon lipped rufous greenhood pterostylis spathulata

this shows sign of Ruffous orchid

spoonlipped Rufous Greenhead pterostylis spathulata

close up of spoonlipped Rufous Greenhead pterostylis spathulata

Wreath Flowers

I have always wanted to see  real wreath flower. I had seen pictures, but I wanted to see one for myself.  Wreath flowers are a unique and  beautiful Western Australia wildflower. They grow in expanding circles, with the flowers appearing around the edges forming a living wreath. They bloom a vivid deep pink and white, some are mainly white and a dusty pink, some are vibrant red. Flower fanatics come from everywhere to see these beauties for themselves. The plants grow on disturbed ground, so recently graded roads are a great place to see them. They only grow in certain locations and at certain times of the year, generally between late August and November, depending on rainfall. There is a section of the mid west of WA where they grow. We found some a tPerenjori, Morowa and the Morowa to Yalgoo Road. If you go to the local tourist information they will tell you the best places to go.

Their botanical name is Lechenaultia macrantha. Lechenaultia macrantha is placed in the family Goodeniaceae, nearly all of which are found in Australia’s arid regions.

Okay, I’ve kept you in suspense long enough…..here they are

first wreath flower

Lechenaultia macrantha is a species of low growing plant found on sandy or gravelly soils in Western Australia.

weath flowers

Two wreath flowers up on the bank of a gravel pit

wreath flower 2

This is how they start growing

wreath flower 4

A pink and white wreath flower

wreath flower 5

Dark pink and white wreath flower

wreath flower close up

Close up of the flowers of Lechenaultia macrantha

wreath flower hunting

Looking for flowers

wreath flower pink 6

A beautiful example of a wreath flower

wreath flowers 2

These wreaths love to grow around other trees