A second Spring wildflower walk, this time with friends in the Brisbane Ranges in late September. We entered via Anakie Gorge, and then took the Ted Errey Nature Circuit which ascends the hills on the south side of the gorge, to return via the other end of the gorge. The Brisbane ranges are renowned for spring wildflowers, and the most difficult part of my job to make this post was choosing which photos to share!
Much of this area was burned in the last ten years. Regeneration is slow, especially on the harsh north-facing slopes of the ridge, with many trees still showing recent resprouting from the base. But at the top we started to see wildflowers. As the walk progressed over various slopes and soils, the wildflowers cycled through different species and families. They were abundant and diverse. The famous “eggs and bacon” or bush-peas (many species and genera) carpeted the forest in many areas.
In one area, the dominant flowering shrub seemed to be a Pomaderris (perhaps Rusty Pomaderris Pomaderris ferruginea). That’s it with the cream-gold cauliflower-like blossoms (and an Acacia behind it).
There were many grass-trees, a sure sign of infertile soil. Also, foot-wash stations to control the spread of the Phytophthora mould that kills them so easily. There was, however, only one grass tree with this spectacular inflorescence climbing on it — which I think is “Love-creeper” (Comesperma volubile).
There were many more besides. A tiny Early Nancy Wurmbea dioica lily; many other bush-peas; and wattles, wattles, wattles everywhere. And I hear that if you go on different walks in other areas of these ranges, you can see a whole different set again!