Wildflower Society – Members Update – October

The most recent monthly update from the Management Committee is now available on our website, access exclusively for Members only. Log in to the Members area and then the tab ‘Management Committee Updates.’ If you have any difficulties logging in to the system, please email our volunteer administrator at nmcl@westnet.com.au – we can reset your password, give you a simpler password, or guide you through the log-in procedure.  Link here.

My favourite wildflower reserves

Here is a list and brief description of bushland reserves I have either worked in or have visited recreationally.

 

1. Kings park

Kings park located near the city is a show of wildflowers from around western Australia. From the Kimberly to Albany and the inner deserts this park allows people the pleasure of seeing wildflowers from around the state. And the endangered species In those regions.

 

2. John forrest NP

John Forrest Np is a very large reserve of good quality jarrah forest located in Mundaring just on the Great Eastern Highway. Featuring several walk trails for  varying fitness levels, including A historic railway walk, a six hour trek and last but not least a scenic wildflower walk.

 

3.  Ellis brook reserve

Otherwise known as sixty foot falls, Ellis brook reserve is also located in the Perth hills. Here jarrah intersects with wandoo and salmon gum. Around the waterfall it becomes wet enough to allow native ferns to grow in the granite crevices

 

4. Wireless hill reserve

Wireless hill is a large reserve located in the middle of suburban Ardross. Featuring plenty of orchids and other wildflowers close to the very well made tracks, perfect for photo opportunities. The reserve is maintained by the very passionate Friends of Wireless Hill. So why don’t you go and help them out, enjoy wildflowers and make friends at the same time.

 

5. Lesmurdie falls

Very similar to Ellis brook reserve, with wandoo trees and featuring a waterfall. Lesmurdie falls also has a nice display of low shrub flowers on the higher ridges.

 

6. Mary street 212

Mary street 212 isn’t the actual name of the reserve in fact I don’t think it has any official name. mary street is an out of the way, not very prominent wildflower reserve located in Wanneroo . A small reserve it is actually in extremely good condition and is an excellent place for wildflower photography.

 

7. Kensington bushland

Kensington bushland located within walking distance of the West Australian Herbarium is an example of Banksia woodland on Perth’s Bassendean soils. Here you will see abundant stands of Banksia and a thick shrub layer.

 

8. Shenton park

Formerly used as a rubbish tip, Shenton park bushland  is a very nice patch of remnant bushland located a few kilometres from the coast. In addition to the untouched bush areas, extensive revegetation works have been made to rehabilitate the bushland area.

 

You should also check out the wildflower reserve lists on the wildflower society website for maps and more information.

–          Mathew Woods

Advanced plant ID workshop

An over-subscribed workshop. Non-members lining up to become members so they could attend at member’s prices. This shows how popular this workshop was – and how successful. With a fantastic presenter (Dr Kevin Thiele – former Curator of the WA Herbarium) and 5 assistants for 20 registrants, each with their own binocular microscope, this was a supermassive learning experience. Even the presenters and assistants learnt as the on–line database keys used to identify locally collected plants in flower required experienced botanists to interpret. Only a little botanical experience was required as Kevin went through the basics of what the plant parts are – describing them with the actual plants that everyone had in their hand, drawing little pictures or using our new digital microscope to demonstrate. Everyone took home a scalpel and pair of tweezers so they could undertake their own dissecting at home in future – all they need is their own microscope or hand lens.

The afternoon field trip to Kensington bushland was equally instructive as Mike Hislop and Rob Davis assisted everyone in applying their knowledge in identifying and recognising plants in flower – and then amazed everyone by identifying plants that weren’t in flower – including such cryptic plants as Lomandras, Alexgeorgias and Amphipogons.

And if you don’t know what they are, better look out for the next Plant ID Workshop coming soon to a place near you.

 

Dr Eddy Wajon

Wildflower Society Members Update – September

The most recent monthly update from the Management Committee is now also available on our website, access exclusively for Members only. Log in to the Members area and then the tab ‘Management Committee Updates.’ If you have any difficulties logging in to the system, please email our volunteer administrator at nmcl@westnet.com.au – we can reset your password, give you a simpler password, or guide you through the log-in procedure.  Link here.

There are Wildflower Shows everywhere!

Check out all the Wildflower Shows in country towns. We have the upcoming 5 shows on our Wildflower Display page here.  However, to see the full listing for the season you will need to go to our Events Calendar here.

Have a marvelous spring season!

The Mary Bremner Bequest Grant Programme is Open

The Mary Bremner Bequest Grant Programme for 2017 is open, with applications to be received by 1st October 2017.  Details for potential applicants outlining the requirements are available here, or you may make an enquiry to enquiry@wildflowersocietywa.org.au at any time.

Information on the history and internal procedures of the Mary Bremner Bequest Grant Programme are available on the WSWA Governance page – Members Only.

Order your WSWA polo shirt

Enhance group identity and increase awareness of the Wildflower Society of WA with a polo shirt embroidered with the new Society’s logo’s and mission of Know, Grow, Conserve and Enjoy. Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Wildflower Society in 2018 with a new polo shirt!

The Society is collecting orders for Polo Shirts and you can place an order by completing the order form. There will be an opportunity at your branch meeting in the month of September to try on a sample size range to determine your correct size. Otherwise measure a T-shirt you like the fit of by: laying it flat, measuring it across the chest under the arms and doubling that measurement. Match that number to the corresponding size on the order form.

All orders must be paid for before it is processed; the order form details the various ways payment can be made.

See the details and download the order form here.  The deadline for orders is 1st November, so don’t forget!  Deadline info here.

Newsletter Now Available – Members Only

The Wildflower Society of WA newsletter (August 2017, Vol 55 No 3) has now been published electronically.  Members who have elected to receive electronic copies of the newsletter have been notified.  The printed newsletter should be posted to those who have requested a hard copy (no green discount) in the next several weeks.

You may view the newsletter online by going to the ‘Members’ tab at the top of the page, then ‘Newsletters’ at the side of the page.  If you are having trouble logging in, it may be that your membership is overdue.  Please ring Perry House to enquire during office hours, or email nmcl@westnet.com.au at any time.  You can set up your membership online (which will be activated when payment processed) or ring the office to use your credit card.

Front cover: Roadside Grevillea dielsiana (red) and G. commutata subsp commutata flowering profusely with extra nutrients and water. Photo Bronwen Keighery

Management Committee Update – June – Now Online !

The most recent monthly update from the Management Committee is now also available on our website, access exclusively for Members only. Log in to the Members area and then the tab ‘Management Committee Updates.’ If you have any difficulties logging in to the system, please email our volunteer administrator at nmcl@westnet.com.au – we can reset your password, give you a simpler password, or guide you through the log-in procedure.