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Alice Springs Field Naturalists Club newsletter



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Alice Springs Field Naturalists Club newsletter


Newsletter, November 2016

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Alice Springs Field Naturalists Club November 2016 4 Owen Springs Reserve - 8 October 2016 By Connie Spencer. Photos of Ptilotus sessilifolia and track through Polycalyamma stuartii patch by Connie, others by Barb. We gathered at the Homestead and after discussions with Sheridan Martin, Senior Ranger at the Reserve, a route to the James Range was chosen and what a treat we were in for. There were swathes of yellow, white and pink wildflowers. The yellow for the most part was Calocephalus platycephalus (Yellow Billybuttons) and Leucochrysum stipitatum ( Saltspoon Daisy) (above) with an assortment of the many other yellow flowering daisies. The white was mostly Rhodanthe floribunda (White Paper Daisy) and Polycalymma stuartii (Poached Egg Daisy) and the pink mostly Schoenia cassiniana (Pink Everlasting) and Ptilotus helipteroides (Hairy Mulla Mulla). There was even a small patch of blue representing Brunonia australis (Blue Pincushion). Several stops were made along the way to look more closely at these mass displays. At one stop a perfectly shaped Minuria leptohylla (Minnie Daisy) was photographed by Barb. (left) On another, a single Thysanthos exiliflorus (Desert Fringe Lily) caused quite a bit of excitement. (right) A hue of pale pink proved to be Ptilotus sessilifolius (Crimson Foxtail). Up close the tepals (part of the flower head) are crimson in colour hence the common name. (left) Heading south towards the James Range, we left the Mulga and entered red sand hill country with the best display of flowering Grevillea juncifolia (Desert Grevillea) I have ever seen. (right) By mid afternoon the temperature had climbed to the mid 30s.

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