Some wildflowers of Parwan

1. Diuris orchid 2. Basalt podolepus 3. Bluebell
4. Flax lily 6. Native flax
5. Variable groundsel
7. Blushing bindweed 8. Common everlasting 9. Feather heads

  1. These delightful little Diuris orchids are a jewel in Parwan's crown.  They emerge in the first week of October every year and last for only a few weeks.  Experts seem unable to agree on whether they are Diuris basaltica, D. lanceolata or D. behrii.
  2. Basalt podolepus (Podolepus jaceoides) are large spectacular flowers ocuring only rarely in Parwan.  They flower for several months and are constantly attended by native bees.
  3. Bluebells (Wahlenbergia spp.) are relatively common and the delicate little blue flowers can be seen dotted through the grassland in spring and summer.  Parwan is home to two or three different species.
  4. Flax lilies are one of the larger flowering plants ocuring in the Parwan grassland.  The one pictured is the maroon anther flax lily (Dianella admixta).  Two other species (D. amoena and D. sp. aff. logifolia Benambra) are also relatively common.
  5. Variable groundsel (Scenecio pinnatifolius) is the most attractive of the three or four different grounsells that occur in Parwan.  This species prefers the shelter and higher moisture of lignum swamps rather than the grassland.
  6. Native flax (Linum marginale) is tall and skinny and waves delicate blue flowers above the grass in late spring.
  7. Blushing bindweed (Convolvulus angustissimus) is one of the more common wildflowers and it twines up around grass stems seeking more sunlight.  It sometimes forms dense mats of pink flowers.
  8. As the name suggests Common everlasting (Chrysocephalum apiculatum) are often seen in the grassland and the yellow clusters of flowers persist for many months.
  9. Feather heads (Ptilotus macrocephalus) are a charismatic grassland plant.  Although not common they are easily spotted, unlike pussy tails (P. spathulata) a more common but diminutive cousin.