Our quest to find the unique “wreath flower” Leschenaultia macrantha

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Mike had an AFL game in Coorow this weekend, so we travelled up on Saturday morning.  He played really well but sadly the team was defeated.  We enjoyed a really nice night out with some friends afterward and stayed as guests at the Coorow Hotel when the night was done.  Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 8.00.58 PM Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 8.00.48 PMDuring the game I drove to a little road a few kilometers from town.  It has a sign marking it for flora, and throughout the season it changes dramatically.  Here are some of the flowers I found whiles Mike way playing the first half of his game… Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 8.00.40 PM

I’ve not yet been able to identify this orchid…Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 8.00.29 PM Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 8.00.18 PM Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 7.59.14 PM

Here is a fringe lily just starting to unravel it’s petals.Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 7.59.02 PM Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 7.58.55 PM Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 7.58.46 PM Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 7.58.32 PM Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 7.58.24 PM Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 7.57.59 PM

This tiny little trap door spider was 1/6th the size of my ring.  I spotted him closing his door as I was about to walk toward the car.  I then flipped open the lid to see what had shut itself in.. and found this small spider.
Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 7.57.23 PM Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 7.55.54 PMThe morning we left we decided to take the word of someone the night before whom mentioned that the spectacular wreathflowers were just coming out…we did a bit of driving before we eventually called a friend to point us in the right direction. Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 7.55.41 PM

Mike found all of them…they are small and lay low to the ground.  Only one bud was to the point of nearly flowering..  We might get to see them blooming in a few weeks time.  These flowers grow on disturbed gravel in a very specific terrain here in Western Australia.Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 7.55.31 PM Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 7.55.24 PM Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 7.55.11 PM Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 7.54.51 PMScreen Shot 2015-07-26 at 7.57.07 PMScreen Shot 2015-07-26 at 7.56.44 PMScreen Shot 2015-07-26 at 7.56.38 PMScreen Shot 2015-07-26 at 7.56.31 PMScreen Shot 2015-07-26 at 7.56.04 PMAt the end of our day we caught up with Glen, Mikes brother at a place called “Bells Rapids”.  They decided to try and find some fresh water mussels.  They brought a rake, and hunted…but did not gather any shells.  We finished the day off with icecream before we headed back into the city.

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