lyndsey@victoriafloraandfauna

Ecologist 🌻🌿🌼
Flora & wildlife of Victoria.
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ℹ️ sources incl. Flora of Vic Online & Flora of Melbourne.
Also: oldbotanicalillustrations

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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!

#threlkeldia #threlkeldiadiffusa #chenopodiaceae #bonefruit #botany #OzPlants #australiannativeflora #vicflora #biodiversity #floraofvictoria #floraofmelbourne #ecology #australiannativeplants #coastalvegetation #coastalplants #morningtonpeninsula #sorrento #succulents


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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.

#lagenophora #lagenophorastipitata #asteraceae #daisy #nativedaisy #bottledaisy #botany #OzPlants #australiannativeflora #vicflora #biodiversity #floraofvictoria #floraofmelbourne #ecology #australiannativeplants #wildflowers #white #pointnepean #pointnepeannationalpark #coastalvegetation #coastalplants #morningtonpeninsula


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Small-fruit Fan-flower (Scaevola albida), a low-growing groundcover with white fan-shaped flowers. Grows in sandy soils, often in near-coastal scrubs and woodlands across southern Victoria.
#scaevola #scaevolaalbida #goodeniaceae #fanflower #botany #OzPlants #australiannativeflora #vicflora #biodiversity #floraofvictoria #floraofmelbourne #ecology #white #wildflowers #pointnepean #pointnepeannationalpark #coastalvegetation #coastalplants #morningtonpeninsula


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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.

#senecio #senecioodoratus #groundsel #asteraceae #daisy #botany #OzPlants #australiannativeflora #vicflora #biodiversity #floraofvictoria #floraofmelbourne #ecology #yellow #coastalvegetation #coastalplants #morningtonpeninsula #sorrento #wildflowers


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Cushion Bush (Leucophyta brownii), a distinctive silvery-white shrub of coastal dunes and rocky cliffs. It is the only species in the genus. A great plant for coastal gardens.

#leucophyta #leucophytabrownii #asteraceae #cushionbush #botany #OzPlants #australiannativeflora #vicflora #biodiversity #floraofvictoria #floraofmelbourne #ecology #white #pointnepean #pointnepeannationalpark #coastalvegetation #coastalplants


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Satin Everlasting (Helichrysum leucopsideum) grows 15-50 cm tall, with linear leaves and stems that can be woolly with hairs. These plants were growing on very exposed coastal headland scrub at the end of Point Nepean, but it occurs in a wide variety of habitats throughout the state, including inland.
#helichrysum #helichrysumleucopsideum #asteraceae #daisy #everlasting #paperdaisy #botany #OzPlants #australiannativeflora #vicflora #biodiversity #floraofvictoria #floraofmelbourne #ecology #wildflowers #white #pointnepean #pointnepeannationalpark


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Dune Thistle (Actites megalocarpus) is a native daisy to 60 cm tall found on dunes along the Victorian coastline. The flowers can look like some of the weedy daisies we have but the leaves are different, smooth (not hairy) and often crowded at the base.
#actites #actitesmegalocarpus #asteraceae #daisy #dunethistle #botany #OzPlants #australiannativeflora #vicflora #biodiversity #floraofvictoria #floraofmelbourne #ecology #yellow #coastalvegetation #coastalplants #pointnepean #pointnepeannationalpark


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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'

#lomandra #lomandrafiliformis
#asparagaceae #wattlematrush #matrush #botany #OzPlants #australiannativeflora #vicflora #biodiversity #floraofvictoria #floraofmelbourne #ecology #biodiversity #thegrangereserve #heathywoodland


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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

#dillwynia #dillwyniaglaberrima #fabaceae #nativepea #smoothparrotpea #botany #OzPlants #australiannativeflora #pea #wildflowers #australiannativeplants #vicflora #biodiversity #floraofvictoria #floraofmelbourne #ecology #yellow #thegrangereserve #heathywoodland #shrub


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Spiny-headed Mat-rush (Lomandra longifolia), a dense tussock plant common and widespread in a variety of habitats throughout Victoria. Another good one for the garden.
#lomandra #lomandralongifolia #matrush #asparagaceae #botany #OzPlants #australiannativeflora #vicflora #biodiversity #floraofvictoria #floraofmelbourne #ecology #thegrangereserve #heathywoodland #biodiversity


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Common Onion-orchid (Microtis unifolia), with a dense spike of tiny green flowers. A distinguishing feature (if you get out the hand lense!) is a minute or shallow notch at the tip of the labellum, although apparently there is a lot of variation in flower morphology within the species. Widespread and abundant in a range of habitats.
#microtis #microtisunifolia #orchids #wildflowers #nativeorchid #botany #australiannativeflora #vicflora #OzPlants #biodiversity #floraofvictoria #floraofmelbourne #ecology #green #thegrangereserve #heathywoodland


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Jersey Cudweed (Laphangium luteoalbum), a widespread daisy to 55 cm tall with grey cottony stems and clusters of yellow flowers. A common coloniser of open and disturbed ground, and on the edges of salt lakes and swamps. Seems to have a new name every time I look it up!
#laphangium #laphangiumluteoalbum #asteraceae #daisy #pseudognaphalium #jerseycudweed #botany #OzPlants #australiannativeflora #vicflora #biodiversity #floraofvictoria #floraofmelbourne #ecology #yellow #bellsswamp #centralvictoria #wetlands


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Common Sneezeweed (Centipeda cunninghamii), a small daisy to 30 tall found on the banks of rivers, lakes and dams. It has a very strong aromatic scent!

#centipeda #centipedacunninghamii #sneezeweed #asteraceae #daisy #botany #OzPlants #australiannativeflora #vicflora #biodiversity #floraofvictoria #floraofmelbourne #ecology #yellow #nativedaisy #mudflats #wetlandplants #wetlands #bellsswamp #centralvictoria


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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.

#elatine #elatinegratioloides #elatinaceae #mudflats #wetlandplants #wetlands #botany #OzPlants #australiannativeflora #vicflora #biodiversity #floraofvictoria #floraofmelbourne #ecology #bellsswamp #centralvictoria


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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)

#pomaderris #pomaderrispaniculosa #rhamnaceae #coastpomaderris #botany #OzPlants #australiannativeflora #vicflora #biodiversity #floraofvictoria #floraofmelbourne #ecology #australiannativeflora #coastalvegetation #coastalplants #morningtonpeninsula


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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.

#marsilea #marsileadrummondii #nardoo #ferns #botany #OzPlants #australiannativeflora #vicflora #biodiversity #floraofvictoria #victorianvolcanicplains #wetlands #wetlandplants #ecology #green


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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.

#pterostylis #pterostyliscucullata #orchidaceae #orchids #wildflowers #nativeorchid #greenhood #botany #OzPlants #australiannativeflora #vicflora #biodiversity #floraofvictoria #biodiversity #coastalvegetation #coastalplants #morningtonpeninsula


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Coast Flax-lily (Dianella brevicaulus) grows to about 50 cm tall in sandy soils near the coast, although there are a few inland records in western Vic.
A key identifying feature is that the inflorescences are shorter than the leaves (unlike D. revoluta). #dianella #dianellabrevicaulis #asphodelaceae #flaxlily #botany #OzPlants #australiannativeflora #vicflora #biodiversity #floraofvictoria #floraofmelbourne #ecology #coastalvegetation #coastalplants #morningtonpeninsula


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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)

#stylidium #stylidiumdespectum #stylidiaceae #triggerplants #botany #OzPlants #australiannativeflora #vicflora #biodiversity #floraofvictoria #floraofmelbourne #ecology #frenchisland #westernportbay #heathland #swamp #australiannativeplants #wildflowers #pink


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Murnong (Microseris walteri), the iconic native yam daisy known for its tubers, which were an important food source for indigenous people. Recently re-named with 3 species in Victoria, with M. lanceolata referring to the alpine and subalpine species.
#microseris #microseriswalteri #asteraceae #daisy #murnong #yamdaisy #botany #OzPlants #australiannativeflora #vicflora #biodiversity #floraofvictoria #floraofmelbourne #ecology #yellow #biodiversity #bushfood #ballarat


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Tall Leek-orchid (Prasophyllum elatum) can grow up to 150 cm tall! Apparently it is the tallest terrestrial orchid in Victoria. Lots of small purplish to greenish flowers, the flowers are 'upside down' compared to many other orchids as the labellum (the modified petal) is at the top of the flower. Widely scattered in southern Victoria in heathlands, heathy forests and open forests in well-drained sandy soils.
#prasophyllum #prasophyllumelatum
#orchidaceae #orchids #wildflowers #nativeorchid #botany #leekorchid #OzPlants#australiannativeflora #vicflora #biodiversity #floraofvictoria #frenchisland #westernportbay #heathland


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Plain-lip Spider Orchid (Caladenia clavigera), one of our many, many species of Spider Orchid. To 40 cm tall in woodland, open-forest, coastal scrub and heathland on well-drained soils.

#caladenia #caladeniaclavigera #orchidaceae #orchids #wildflowers #nativeorchid #spiderorchid #botany #vicflora #australiannativeplants #australiannativeflora #OzPlants #ecology #floraofvictoria #frenchisland #westernportbay #heathland


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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.

#thelionema #thelionemacaespitosum #asphodelaceae #tuftedlily #botany #vicflora #australiannativeplants #australiannativeflora #wildflowers #OzPlants #floraofvictoria #white #blue #heathland #frenchisland #westernportbay


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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.

#pimelea #pimeleaoctophylla #thymelaeaceae #riceflower#botany #OzPlants #australiannativeflora #vicflora #biodiversity #floraofvictoria #floraofmelbourne #ecology #australiannativeplants #wildflowers #white#frenchisland #westernportbay #heathland


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Common Bird-orchid (Chiloglottis valida), a small orchid 4-7 cm tall with a purplish to greenish flower that looks like a little bird demanding food. Widespread in moist forests. This colony near Creswick had hundreds of plants.
#chiloglottis #chiloglottisvalida #orchidaceae #orchids #wildflowers #nativeorchid #botany #birdorchid #OzPlants #australiannativeflora #vicflora #biodiversity #floraofvictoria #floraofmelbourne #ecology #understoreyplants #forest


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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.

#lyperanthus #lyperanthussuaveolens #orchidaceae #orchids #wildflowers #nativeorchid #botany #brownbeaks #OzPlants #australiannativeflora #vicflora #biodiversity #floraofvictoria #floraofmelbourne #ecology #frenchisland #westernportbay #heathland


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Another tiny plant (swipe to see how tiny!), Slender Triggerplant (Stylidium perpusillum). An ephemeral growing to approx. 4 cm high occurring in swampy damp, lowland heaths or seasonal swamps.
#stylidium #stylidiumperpusillum #stylidiaceae #triggerplants #botany #australiannativeflora #vicflora #biodiversity #floraofvictoria #floraofmelbourne #ecology #OzPlants #wildflowers #frenchisland #westernportbay


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Tiny Drosera (Drosera pygmaea) is very tiny indeed, this is a super close-up; the round leaves are just a few mm across. Occurs in damp soils in swamps and heathlands. These are just the basal rosettes, no flowers yet.
#carnivorousplants #drosera #droserapygmaea #droseraceae #sundews #tinysundew #botany #OzPlants #australiannativeflora #vicflora #biodiversity #floraofvictoria #floraofmelbourne #ecology #frenchisland #westernportbay #heathland


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