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, Clown Orchid
Dancing spider orchid or antelope orchid, both names are used
common spider orchid
common spider orchid, Caladenia vulgata
Caladenia vulgata, common spider orchids
Daddy Long legs spider orchid,
Caladenia longicauda subsp borealis
Another field of orchids
Primrose Spider Orchid
This shows the size of a primrose orchid
this shows sign of Ruffous orchid
close up of spoonlipped Rufous Greenhead pterostylis spathulata
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
Lechenaultia macrantha is a species of low growing plant found on sandy or gravelly soils in Western Australia.
Two wreath flowers up on the bank of a gravel pit
This is how they start growing
A pink and white wreath flower
Dark pink and white wreath flower
Close up of the flowers of Lechenaultia macrantha
Looking for flowers
A beautiful example of a wreath flower
These wreaths love to grow around other trees