Saturday, December 11, 2010

LITTLE PURPLE THINGS


At this time of year, especially after the rains and with the sandy soil nice and moist, the forest floor is dotted with purple.

The tiniest flower is that of the Bauera (River Rose, Dog Rose) family. They have shy little lampshade bell-like flowers on a scrambling low shrub.



The three leaved Patersonia (Native Iris) is more confident, its conspicuous violet petals outstretched on an upright stem.




The slender stalked Scaevola (Fan-flower) keeps its wiry spreading branches close to the ground.



And the last one is a bit of a floozie, with a conspicuous fringe and extra makeup. Its the Fringe Lily from the Thysanotus family.


(click to enlarge)


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