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Lesmurdie Falls National Park, Western Australia


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Last weekend I visited the Lesmurdie Falls National Park. This small park of only 56 hectares protects the falls themselves and some surrounding bushland in the Perth hills suburb of Lesmurdie

I didn't see any drosera at all around the area where the creek flows over the scarp

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but upstream near the main car park there are number of small granite outcrops,

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Which are the home to a very nice population of Drosera rosulata which had just finished flowering

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the plant above was growing is a shaded location, while the plant below was growing in full sun.

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all of these plants were growing in the heavy clay soils skirting the edges of the granite outcrop.

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I’m not sure but in the photo above (when viewed large) the seed pods appear to have burst and the seeds seem to be caught on the leaves. I didn't notice this until I got home so I didn't check the plant in question but it certainly looks like this has happened.

if the you view the large version of the pic below this plant still appears to have an intact papery seed pod at far right

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on the opposite side of the creek to this outcrop were literally thousands of D. erythrorhiza Subsp. collina

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on another of the many rocky outcrops growing among the borya, was a population of this drosera which I think is D. menziesii, but a positive id would be welcome.

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I'd go with D. menziesii ssp. menziesii for the one you're not sure about. A great coloured form too- I love the red leaves with a yellowish outline. I hope you realise how lucky you are Peter to have such easy access to such great plants!

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thanks for the kind comments

Sean - yes i know how lucky i am and im trying to get out every weekend to make the most of the season

Greg - actually i have never seen a Byblis gigantea ever but i enjoy a challenge and will add it to my "must see this season list" and promise to post some pictures for you if i'm successful

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