It’s still many months until spring, but that doesn’t stop the team at Casey Australia Tours for thinking about wildflowers! The 2018 season was fantastic with an abundance of flowers to be found here in Western Australia, here are some of the varietals that we found last year.
Leschenaultia Macrantha (Wreath Leschenaultia)
One of the most eye-catching wildflowers in WA, and tricky to find – the Wreath Leschenaultia is a wonderful bloom. Found growing in areas such as Mullewa, often in dry, well-drained soil on the side of the road. The flowers itself are red and pink and the bush grows into an unusual round shape, with the flowers on the outside edge.
Part of the Proteaeae family, Hakeas are a diverse group of plants The flowers are diverse, some are spidery flowers, others elongated spear shaped ones, and others rounded flowers. Hakea Laurina is a pretty varietal, known as the pincushion hakea as the flowers look like pincushions. Red Pokers or Hakea Bucculenta flowers are green to start, but with stunning tangerine spikes. Keep an eye out for birds when you are enjoying hakeas, as the plants have nectar and flowers galore – making them a popular stop off for native birds.
Known as Waxflower, is a woody evergreen shrub ranging from 15 cm to 3 meters high, the leaves are quite aromatic when crushed and the flowers are very pretty small five petal blooms. The flowers have a waxy feel, giving the plant its common name.
These orchids have bright petals with a shiny appearance, and are found throughout the south west of WA. One of the features of these flowers is that the underside is as colourful as the topside of the blooms.
This flower grows up to 50cm high with sometimes up to 30 small bell-shaped flowers. Found along the south coast in forests, interestingly this flower has no green colouring. It is also sometimes known as a Potato Orchids.
Generally found in sandy soil in forested areas, this species of orchids has several varieties including; wart hammer, slender hammer, narrow-lipped hammer orchid. These orchids are often quite difficult to spy in the bush as they blend in among the shrubs they grow in.
Casey Australia Tours run wildflower tours from late August until the end of October, tours range from 1 – 11 days in length and cover a wide region of WA. The tours are scheduled based on where the flowers traditionally bloom, starting in the northern regions first and then moving down south as the season progresses. Visit the Casey Australia Tours website to find out more or contact us on 1800 999 677