During Covid lockdown many people have been walking in Oatley Park. They have probably appreciated the splashes of colour with winter blooms brightening the gloomy winter days. We will post a monthly guide to blooms in Oatley Park compiled by Alan Fairley author of Native Plants of the Sydney Region.
Black-eyed Susan – Tetratheca neglecta
A small shrub with whorled leaves; flowers pink with 4 petals and a dark centre. On the plateau near the lookout but uncommon.
Needle Bush – Hakea sericea
A medium shrub with needle-like leaves and abundant white flowers. Found chiefly on the plateau
Finger Orchid – Petalochilus pictus
Formerly called calandenia. Ground orchid to 30cm tall with white to pink flowers. Plateau and slopes.
Sunshine Wattle – Acacia terminalis
Shrub to 2 m tall with bipinnate leaves and yellow flower balls. One of the earliest wattles to flower. Common and often dominant along roadsides.
Red Five Corners – Styphelia tubiflora
Small shrub with pointed leaves and conspicuous red tubular flowers. Plateau and slopes.
Coast Banksia – Banksia integrifolia
Medium tree along shoreline
Sweet Scented Wattle – Acacia suaveolens
A Slender shrub, with narrow phyllodes and pale yellow flower balls
Queensland Silver Wattle – Acacia podalyriifolia
Although not a local native, a couple of trees make a brilliant show of yellow near the picnic ground
Green Five Corners – Styphelia laeta
Small shrubs covered with lime-green tubular flowers along Lime Kiln Service Track
Pink Spider Flower – Grevillea sericea
Small shrub with pink spider-like flowers. Widespread and common.
Green Spider Flower – Grevillea mucronulata
Small shrub. Flowers green with a pink style. Leaves roundish.
Pine Heath – Astroloma pinifolius
Low shrub with crowded needle-like leaves. Flowers tubular, red with a yellow-green tip.
For More information on the Flora of Oatley Park and Sydney Region check out the publications below:
- Native Plants of Oatley Park, A Photographic Guide Published by Oatley Flora and Fauna Conservation Society
- Native Plants of Oatley Park Compiled by Alan Fairley, copies available at Oatley Flora and Fauna monthly meetings.
- Native Plants of the Sydney District an identification guide, by Alan Fairley & Philip Moore, available in book shops.
- D’harawal Seasons and Climatic Cycles, Compiled by Frances Bodkin & Illustrated by Lorraine Robertson 2008