We have a small patch of bush near our home that separates the houses from the main road. I have written about it here before - Wildflowers are starting to bloom
Every year the wild orchids and other wildflowers put on their spring display and I go there to photograph them. Sadly every year I see more invasive weeds taking over, but the delicate wild orchids still manage to push up through the weeds.
In this mosaic, going from left to right across each row, you can see -
White Spider Orchid, Leek Orchid, Purple Tassels, Milk Maids, Purple Mat Rush
Dampiera, Rush Cotton Heads, Running Postman, Cowslip Orchids, Wild Violet
Donkey Orchid, Mangles Kangaroo Paw (Red Kangaroo Paw), Pink Fairy, one of the Pea family, White Spider Orchid.
Here is a closer view of the Leek Orchid "Prasophythum" of which there are over 25 different species in Western Australia.
And the delicate little Donkey Orchid - "Diuris" of which there are 20 species in Western Australia. So I couldn't hope to clearly identify this one.
The White Spider Orchid - "Caladenia longicauda". There are many varieties of White Spider Orchids - so I am no botanist, I can't clearly identify which variety this is.
And our Western Australian floral emblem, the Red Kangaroo Paw, Mangles Kangaroo Paw - "Anigozanthos manglesii"
A wildflower guide is essential if you enjoy wildflower photography or just exploring a bush path. The two I have used for this post are -
Guide to Native Orchids of South Western Australia - by Bob Liddlelow - R&R Publications Australia Pty Ltd
Colour Guide to Spring Wildflowers of Western Australia - Part 2 Perth and the South West - by Eddy Wajon - Wajon Publishing Company. (currently a set of 4 books covering two thirds of WA)
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