W is for Wildflowers of the South West Wilderness #MelaleucaMiscellany

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Paper Daisy (Helichrysum pumilum) – important orange-bellied parrot tucker – its abundance is tied to the fire regime.

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Tiny Flannelflower (Actinotus bellidioides) – more important parrot food. The seeds of these furry flora are so tiny, it’s no wonder the OBPs spend all their time stuffing their feathery little faces – it’d be like trying to subsist entirely on hundreds and thousands.

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A pretty eyebright (Euphrasia) from Mount Beattie.

Triggerplant!  Proto-carnivore and insect basher.  When insects land on trigger plant flowers, a fused stigma/style swings around like a teensy botanical fist and thumps the unsuspecting invertebrate on the rear, thus disseminating the plant's pollen.  Trigger plants also have a sticky mucilage which is thought to allow them to trap and digest insects.  Double jeopardy!

Triggerplant! Proto-carnivore and insect basher. When insects land on trigger plant flowers, a fused stigma/style swings around like a teensy botanical fist and thumps the unsuspecting invertebrate on the rear, thus disseminating the plant’s pollen. Trigger plants also have a sticky mucilage which is thought to allow them to trap and digest insects. Double jeopardy!

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Purple death flowers!

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Epacrids!

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