Mining threatens wildflowers
Pink Everlastings are starting to come back again – a few on the Dewar’s Pool-Bindoon Road, but there were lots here once, especially half way along the northern boundary of Poison Gully Reserve.
Blue orchids seem to grow in most of our bushlands.Read more
There are lots of kangaroo paws all over the country – the best I have seen are on the left-hand side of the Bindoon Spring Reserve, about 100 yards (91.4m) off the road. They grow there as high as the saddle on a 15-hand horse.
There used to be lots of donkey orchids on the watercourse on the east side of Bindoon Spring, but there are not many now because land clearing has increased the salinity.
The plain white spider orchids still grow just off the water courses and the yellow silk spider orchids are found over most of our bush land.
The most beautiful spider orchid is the short-stem red silk spider orchid and I can now only find one patch in the whole of the Julimar bush.
There are, however, plenty of the plain long-stemmed red spider orchids.
Cat paws are plentiful everywhere, as are the cowslip orchids.
Blue leschenaultia grows over most of our gravel land but there used to be black kangaroo paws in odd patches. I can’t find any these days – they used to be on a block between Bindoon and Gingin.
The sticky rainbow flowers that feed on insects are still aplenty.
Green ferns still grow everywhere in our rocky hills and yellow everlastings are still plentiful on our gravel land, as are buttercups.
Our poison plants flower well – York Road, Runner Poison, Box Poison, Berry Poison and White Gum Poison.
Kangaroos don’t seem to eat these, although the little grey brush wallaby seems to find them edible and the bronze-wing pigeon eats the seeds.
There are many more varieties of flowers in our bush, but if bauxite mining takes place we will lose most of them.
What a terrible thing – no wild flowers left for the children of tomorrow to see. Once they are gone, they’re gone.