Coast Bonefruit (Threlkeldia diffusa), a fleshy scrambler in coastal dunes and saltmarshes with small green to reddish hard fruits. Fruits most of the year. Quite common in the understorey of the headland scrub along the Mornington Peninsula National Park but easy to overlook, one I'd never looked up until now!
Blue Bottle-daisy (Lagenophora stipitata), a small native daisy widespread in southern Victoria, found in a range of habitats from coastal dunes to forests and woodlands. It has a basal rosette of leaves and white, pink, blue or purple flowers.
Scented Groundsel (Senecio odoratus) is one of many Senecio species, this one is mostly found along the coast with a few inland records. A subshrub that can grow to over a metre, it is has aromatic blue-green fleshy leaves.
Wattle Mat-rush (Lomandra filiformis), a shorter and smaller tussock plant compared to the Spiny-headed Mat-rush posted yesterday (but growing in the same vegetation). Very widespread, and according to Flora of Victoria Online a 'puzzling array of varation may be found suggesting that the species is in need of revision'
Smooth Parrot-pea (Dillwynia glabberima), a shrub with thin linear leaves to 0.5 mm wide with a recurved tip, and eye-catching clusters of 2-6 yellow flowers with red splotches. Widespread in southern Victoria in dry sclerophyll forests and lowland heaths. Flowering from August to January
This is a tiny mud flat plant, Waterwort (Elatine gratioloides), leaves are a few mm in size and there are tiny pinkish coloured flowers. Widespread on wet mud next to lakes, dams and other watercourses.
Coast Pomaderris (Pomaderris paniculosa subsp. paralia), a shrub 1-2 metres tall in Coastal Dune Scrub and Coastal Headland Scrub. Flowers are small and cream to greenish in color - these ones have just finished flowering. Branchlets and underside of leaves often covered in dense stellate hairs. I planted some in my garden a while ago and they grew really well, enormous!
A close up of the hairs: https://www.instagram.com/p/BRw99WfFL81/ (or click on species hashtag below)
Common Nardoo (Marsilea drummondii), which is actually a fern. The fronds have 4 leaflets and can be quite silky-hairy, to 30 cm tall. Aquatic or semi-aquatic, found in wet mud and clay, in swamps, waterholes, shallow depressions, ephemeral streams and seasoally wet depressions, especially in west and north-west Victoria.
Leafy Greenhood (Pterostylis cucullata subsp. cucullata), one of our nationally vulnerable orchids. Usually found in coastal scrub on stabilised sand dunes. Thought to have been once abundant on the east side of Port Phillip Bay, with many historical records, but is now rare due to habitat loss.
Small Triggerplant (Stylidium despectum) is another tiny ephemeral growing to 12 cm tall, the little trigger flowers are less than 5 mm in size. Widespread, growing in drying lowland swamps and margins of watercourses. Often growing with other tiny Triggerplants such as S. beaugleholei and/or S. perpusillum - this population was growing with S. purpussilum (see recent post for pics)
Tufted Lily (Thelionema caespitosum) which can have blue or white flowers! These plants occurred close together. A tufted plant to 90 cm tall with numerous flowers. Widespread on moist sandy or peaty soils.
Woolly Rice-flower (Pimelea octophylla), a shrub to 1 metre high. As the name suggests it is quite hairy with long wispy hairs. The flower head is often pendulous. Scattered in sandy soils or shallow soils overlying rock, from the eastern side of Port Phillip Bay to western Victoria.
Brown-beaks (Lyperanthus suaveolens), a terrestrial orchid to approx. 40 cm tall with 2-6 flowers. Flower colour can be variable but often red/brown, with yellow on the labellum. Mostly found in eastern Victoria in heaths and woodlands.