Fringe Lily, Thysanotus tuberosus
Here in Australia it’s early summer and already the scorching hot, dry days are setting in. I escape the heat for a walk in nearby Bangadilly National Park, where closer inspection of the ground cover reveals an array of wildflowers.
Many are small, intricate forms less than a centimetre in diameter. I wonder how they can survive the heat, sheltered only by the sparse shade of shrubs and native trees.
I feel privileged to live right across the road from such beautiful hidden treasures, and happily souvenir a collection of photos, so I can enlarge them, research their names and observe their beauty in greater detail when I return home.
It makes me appreciate the natural world’s diversity, and wonder about our place in it.
Bangadilly National Park is located at Canyonleigh, in the New South Wales Southern Highlands of Australia. It is described as a dry sclerophyll forest, having low rainfall and poor soil nutrition. Plants typically have hard, narrow or spiky leaves to help them cope with the poor growing conditions.
Spike Wattle, Acacia oxycedrus
Silky Purple Flag, Pattersonia sericea
Hyacinth Orchid, Dipodium punctatum
Swamp wattle, Acacia retinodes
Wild Fuschia, Correa