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Album 7. "Some of our Wild-flowers"

For the Naturalist, Nature photographer or just someone who enjoys looking at flowers. In and around Tin Can Bay, you are likely to find more local wild-flowers than you see here, but I hope that what I have will be a pleasurable journey for you. 
Like the birds, you can click on the flower's  title and it will take you to Wikipedia for a description including botanical names.
I have used a botanical name where a (cn = common name) is not known. 

Our well known Yellow Paper Daisy (cn "Straw Flower")....and friend. I think this flower should be given the honour of being the town emblem. It's just seen everywhere; it can be found all around the town as well as on the way into town; particularly through the months of September to December. It can be seen growing in large groups or just two or three stems here and there.
I have read that in the very early 1900s, when families would come here for their holidays; and by the way, in those days, it was a long and bumpy trek, but children used to create daisy chains with these or Mum would take some home to brighten up the kitchen.

Paper Daisy seeding

Christmas Bells These too were once seen in great numbers throughout the area, but due to the continuing spread of housing and other human incurred reasons,the flowers have definitely dwindled in numbers, however, those that have survived appear mostly between the months of November and February; some stragglers however, may be found throughout the year. Peak flowering occurs around Christmas, hence the name. 
During the flowering period, Christmas Bells are frequented by nectar feeding birds, especially honeyeaters.

Christmas Bells The species can be red and yellow (as above) or all yellow. 

Native Lasiandra (cn "Blue Tongue") is quite a showy shrub and grows fairly prolific in our area.

Hakea actites (cn Wallum Hakea) Prickly shrub to 3 metres. sharply pointed leaves. White flowers; winter to spring. Showing open seed pod

Spiranthes sinensis Upright plant to 50 cm with pink and white flowers during Spring.

Epacris pulchella Masses of tiny white tubular flowers. 

Burmannia disticha (cn Christmas Candles)

Sprengelia sprengelioides (cn Sprengelia) Dainty white and pink blooms from May to August.

Drosera spatulata (cn Common Sundew) 


Tricoryne muricata 


Xyris juncea (cn - Little Yellow Eye) 


Gompholobium pinnatum (cn Poor Man's Gold) aptly named for its bright yellow pea-like flowers.

Not Known

Grevillea leiophylla (cn - Fairy Floss or Dwarf Spider Oak) One of the smallest of Australia's Grevilleas. Flowers in the warmer months.

Sowerbaea jucea (cn - Vanilla Lily) 

Banksia integrifoilia

Banksia robur

Banksia spinulosa (cn - Golden Candelsticks)

Trachymene anisocarpa (cn - Swamp Carrot)

Cryptostylis erecta (cn - Bonnet Orchid)

Boronia falcifolia (cn - Wallum Boronia)




Commelina diffusa (cn - Wandering Jew)












Waxlip Orchid

"Watch this space!!!"


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