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Sunday, 13 September 2020

Scarlet banksia - Banksia coccinea - Western Australia

 Hi everyone, just a short post from me today. We have been away this past week staying at the Mt Trio Bush Camp and Caravan Park adjacent to the Stirling Ranges National Park in the south of Western Australia.  I'm still sorting through my pics! 

The Stirling Ranges National Park was devastated by last summer's bushfires in Western Australia. More than 40,000 hectares was lost through the bushfire in the Park. The Park is a biodiversity hotspot containing more than 1,500 species of plants, at least 87 of which are found nowhere else in the world, and some of which may be lost forever. Conservationists say it may take centuries to recover.  

You can read more here: ABC.net-bushfires-cause-stirling-ranges-biodiversity-to-be-devastated

We enjoyed our stay exploring the Park, but when we visited the devastation was still very obvious and heartbreaking to see. Some areas had started to reshoot, but large swaths of land was still burnt earth with blackened sticks which was once lush bushland. 

Some of our native plants rely on bushfire to regenerate. Some of the orchids for instance, like the Red Beaks, just one of the nearly 30 wild orchid species we saw. But more on that in another post. 

One flower which we enjoyed seeing was the Scarlet Banksia - Banksia coccinea - which only grows in a small section of our state. A truly magnificent plant which grows 1-8 metres high. 
I had only seen them once before in the wild in the Fitzgerald River National Park on our south coast. 

We saw it in one location along a scenic drive which winds through the park. The gravel road must have acted as a fire break - as one side was still lush and the other burnt black. There were several Scarlet Banksias flowering on the lush side, and just one plant on the burnt side. 

We saw many blackened sticks and scorched plants like this. Heartbreaking. 

Learn more here: Australian Native Plants Society

That's it from me for today. I hope to bring you more from the Stirling Ranges National Park next week.

I am sorry if I didn't answer your comments or visit your pages last week, but we were away and we discovered that internet was virtually impossible.  I hope you and your families are all safe and well. 

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  1. The red plant reminds me of a fire stick, a little flaming torch.
    Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

  2. Jill - the vagaries of wildfire - some plants dead and others alive, in close proximity. For those of us who live in wildfire prone areas, it is a scary concept!!! It will be an interesting study in nature to watch how those affected areas recover over time. Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday with these lovely flowers!

  3. Hello Jill,
    It is great you are able to get away, the parks look fabulous. I love the beautiful Scarlet Banksia, it is a lovely plant with beautiful blooms. Lovely images. Take care, Stay safe! Enjoy your day! Wishing you a happy new week!

  4. Wonderful plants, Gill. Thank you for sharing this interesting Post and this link especially. Could this grow in a garden too? Sad, so sad that bushfire destroy this area.

    Happy MosaicMonday

    1. i guess given the right conditions they could grow in a suburban garden,

  5. How wonderful to get out in nature but it is hard to see the burned areas. Plants and wildlife manage to come back though but it takes time! Love this beautiful flower! Enjoy your week.

  6. These are gorgeous flowers. The resiliency of nature is amazing, isn't it?
    Thank you for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2020/09/going-buggy.html

  7. It's so sad that the area was devastated but your photos of these flowers are gorgeous. How unique!

  8. Your Banksias are lovely, sad though about those distressing fires
    Stay safe


  9. What devastating sites you must have seen. It is heartbreaking but the banksias give a ray of hope. Their colour is wonderful against the stark barkground.

  10. It would be fun to experience Australia by RV. - Margy

    1. absolutely. but we are a big country so you need thorough planning

  11. The increasing and more intense wood- and bushfires around the world really is scary and tragic!
    Love the Scarlet Banksias :)

  12. Oh wow what for exotic und interesting plants - I don't know them before,
    Greetings from Germany

  13. Thank you for this interesting report from you and the beautiful photos of this Banksias plant.
    It is terrible these fires with you, what it causes when it becomes too much.
    Greetings Elke

  14. I followed the devastating bushfires on television, the catastrophe was reported on all channels, yes, that was and is a tragedy! Nature could recover, but the prognosis for the future is bad. The climate is changing and the drought will tend to increase, the same applies to my home country!
    The flowers shown are like a revelation, the cycle of life will continue to turn, there is always hope.

    1. yes i worry about our future when i see what is happening around the world

  15. We were out hiking last year on our anniversary when we saw a patch of woods that had obviously been part of a brush fire. It's always a bit chilling to see so much blackened and bare where it's usually a bit more lush and green. Those bright red flowers are so interesting!

  16. I'm so sorry about your fires but nature has a way of using these things to her advantage. I always love finding these lovelies around but are mostly yellow.

    Your link at 'My Corner of the World' is greatly appreciated!! I'm glad to see you this week!

  17. Thx for this flower images which i have never seen before.

    Best regards


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