Wildflowers blooming at Kilcowera Station, Outback Queensland.

September 8, 2010

Eremophilla mitchellii
Eremophilla sturtii flowering at Kilcowera Station, Outback Queensland

The fantastically wet year we have been enjoying has set spring up to be a truly beautiful wildflower event through out our little corner of the Outback.  It is amazing to see what comes up, and when, given the rain at different times over the years.  We had good precipitation for the first 3 months of the year and then nothing much for the next 3 months (I was getting a bit nervous, thinking of the last 9 years of drought), but in the last 2 months we have had  some good falls again.  So much in fact that most of our station roads and airstrips have been waterlogged on and off during the last few months. Most of the insignificant little bushes have erupted into flower and look stupendous and then there are all the little wildflowers that just seem to come out of nowhere.  The one below is Eremophila bowmanii ( Silver Tukey Bush) and the one after is gilesii or Green Tukey Bush.

Eremophila bowmanii Var. latifolia

Eremophila gilesii

This post I am just going to show as many Eremophila bushes as I have photographed.  Some of these plants are pests but you can nearly forgive them when they flower, they are so gorgeous.

Eremophila alternifolia in Lake Paddock

I think the one above is alternifolia and it is quite a long way out of it’s range, I found it growing on a high rocky escarpment.  It grows on one long skinny stork of a branch right up through the middle of larger Acacia bushes, maybe for protection from being eaten by stock?  All the ones I have seen are growing  like that – through another bush.

Eremophila duttonii  or Halequin Fuscia Bush

Eremophila duttonii or Harlequin Fuscia Bush, these have been flowering for months now, the birds love them.

Eremophila latrobei red form

The one above is latrobeii and is a really neat little bush, would look great in the garden and comes in all shades of red, crimson and tangerine colours.  Below is the  rarer yellow flowering bush.

Eremophila latrobeii yellow form

Below is longifolia or Emu Bush and yes they do really love them and so do the birds especially the Mallee Ringnecks.  The flowers range from a pinky peach colour right through to a brownish peach.

Eremophila longifolia

And lastly another sturtii or False Sandalwood.   Their colours range from nearly white, light pink, dark pink and lilacs and while they are becoming a major woody weed problem in many areas they are very showy when flowering.

Eremophilla mitchelli 2

There are a few more Eremophilas on the place that I don’t have good images of yet including a newly discovered one called oppositifolia  or Weeooka , glabra or Tar Bush, maculata – Spotted Emu Bush and polyclada  or Lignum.  The lignum bushes that survived the drought are now standing in water at the top end of Cardenyabba Lagoon, so I expect they will be flowering soon.  Better go and mow the lawn now as more rain is predicted for tomorrow and if I don’t do it now it’ll be another week before it dries out again!  Well at least we got a mail today – it has been at it’s unreliable best this year.

4 Responses to “Wildflowers blooming at Kilcowera Station, Outback Queensland.”

  1. Clinton said

    Absolutely brilliant. I have recently become a huge fan of the humble eremophila, I quess these beautiful little treasures would offset much of the the harsh lifestyle of living in the bush. I have only been lucky enough to make one outback trip in my 30 years, however, I look forward to making many more in the hope of discovering more of the beauty that lies within this sometimes harsh country of ours.
    Thanks, Clint.

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