Heather and hakea
Both have been flowering well into late winter.
Epacris impressa – the floral emblem of Victoria – is found through out southern Australia. There are white forms and pink forms, as well as deep pink- almost cerise – forms at the Reserve. The pink form is not a hybird of the red and white heaths but a distinct ‘race’.
Honeyeaters feed on the nectar of the heath, and, in so doing, spread the pollen to the next flower. Of note, heaths tend to grow in low nitrogen soil. They have a unique form of root – hair like – and they form symbiotic relationships with ericoid mycorrhizal fungi.
Hakea – Bushy Needlewood
A pink flowering form of the hakea decurrens has recently flowered – fragrant like the white.
Hakea decurrens differs from the Furze Hakea (Hakea Ulicina) – it flowers earlier. Also, the leaves of the Furze are flattened, and twist from the base at 90 degrees. The flowers, whilst showy, are not fragrant. They are very much on display now – around the A Frame carpark , on the eastern side of the reservoir and on the southern edge of the Reserve.
Yarra Ranges Shire Council (2009) Hakea ulicina Yarra Ranges Local Plant Directory http://www.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/Residents/Yarra_Ranges_Plant_Directory/Middle_Storey/Shrubs_32-10m/Hakea_ulicina