Flowers of the Forest II: Eggs & Bacon in the Brisbane Ranges

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.     DSC_0672But 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.

DSC_0696Other shrubs included some spectacular Hibbertias, aka Guinea-flower (because their flowers resemble golden guineas).

DSC_0683In 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).

DSC_0703There 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).

DSC_0697Ground flora included numerous Caladenia “Pink Fingers” orchids, but the orchid that stole the show was this wax-lip Glossodia major:

DSC_0686What else?

DSC_0693Running postman, Kennedia prostrata among the leaf-litter

DSC_0687Did I mention the bush-peas? Not only do they come in bright yellow/red combinations but shades of apricot and this incredible peachy pink Dillwynia.

DSC_0712On a rocky hillside, a patch of this Grevillea aquifolium.

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!

Anakie Gorge


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