The Wanderer, or Monarch, Butterfly introduced to Copley in the Northern Flinders Ranges by a local lepidopterist landing on the stunning Sturt’s Desert Pea in June.
The tiny male Mistletoe Bird has a distinct high pitched call and scarlet breast plumage similar in colour to the mistletoe flower. Seen here feasting on mistletoe fruits in June in the Northern Flinders Ranges, he will then excrete the sticky seeds onto branches of nearby native plants, enabling the semi parasitic mistletoe to germinate and embed into the branches of host plants.Continue reading “Mistletoe Bird”
The edible Salty Ice Plant, Mesembryanthemum crystallinum, has distinct glistening glands seen here on the banks of a flooded creek bed near Marree.
Heliotropium curassavicum, Salt Heliotrope, is native to the Americas and growing prolifically along the damp banks of Copley Retention Dam in the Northern Flinders Ranges.
Mistletoe is a stem parasite seen throughout the Flinders Ranges. The sticky seeds are deposited on branches by the Mistletoe Bird and other small birds, where they germinate and attach to the sap wood of the host plant, in this case Acacia Victoriae.Continue reading “Harlequin Mistletoe”
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.