More Wildflowers in the Outback at Kilcowera Station.

September 21, 2010

Daisies around Lake Wyara, the eastern boundary of Kilcowera Station.
Daisies around Lake Wyara, the eastern boundary of Kilcowera Station.

We are expecting the Royal Geographic Society here tomorrow,  they have not had the best of trips as it rained all over the places they wanted to get to –   Haddon’s Corner, Innamincka and Birdsville in particular but the rain has held off here this time and so they are spending 2 nights instead of the one they had originally booked in for.  

They started with about twenty  4WD vehicles and a 40 seat bus, can you imagine that poor bus driver trying to get that big heavy bus around on the wet dirt roads out there?  A nightmare!  

Well, I’m hoping the visitors will be happy with our campground as it is looking terrific now, with the grass greening up as we speak.

Frog numbers have exploded at Kilcowera Station.

There are a few frogs about at the moment.

Pigface growing around the salt lake on the eastern side of Kilcowera Station.

The pigface above grows in the sandy soils around the salt lake on our eastern boundary.

Tiny daisies growing nearby the shearers quarters at Kilcowera.

This pretty little daisy is growing in large areas, forming a living carpet under Coolabah trees  near the Shearers Quarters.

Swainsona microphylla

Swainsonna microphylla  or Poison Pea, is very common at the moment, growing in the table drains of all our roads.

Fungii growing in my garden at Kilcowera.

More fungii in my garden.

Fungii in my garden at Kilcowera.

These wild little mushrooms were nestling under a pepperina tree in the garden, I reckon they are quite beautiful.

Hardenbergia violacea at Rustlers Roost, Kilcowera Station.

I first found this plant growing at Kilcowera about 15 years ago, but have not seen it flower yet.  I am 90 percent sure it is Hardenbergia violacea.  I am going to have a look at it again soon and am hoping it is flowering so I can be sure.  I belive it is way out of it’s range here. It lives in a relatively  deep, dark gorge we call Rustlers Roost along with some other unusual plants for Kilcowera including, Sheoak and Weeooka.  However I have found it in another place as well.   The joys of discovery – I’m more of a plant person, Greg is better at the birds.  But I did manage to flush out this nice Chestnut Breasted Quail Thrush for Dorothy and Bev.  Thank you Dorothy for the image and I hope the weather is nice on the east coast!

Chestnut Breasted Quail Thrush at Kilcowera Station, Outback Queensland.

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