Athel Pine, Tamarix aphylla, is an introduced species from Africa. A highly successful coloniser in saline waterways, Athel Pine is further proliferating with every wet season along the inlet and surrounding flood plains of Copley Retention Dam, growing into thickets along the shoreline. Seen flowering in May.
The Mexican Poppy ( Argemone ochroleuca ssp. ochroleuca) is a rapidly colonising annual forb seen in waterways of the Northern Flinders Ranges. Seen here flowering at Aroona Dam Sanctuary in December.
Copley Retention Dam has naturalised into a complex wetland habitat over the past three decades, to support over 70 species of birds.
Sedge study by Anne-Maree Taranto.