The West Australian Native Christmas Tree

WA Christmas Tree or Nuytsia floribunda is a true mistletoe. It is a root parasite that does not grow directly on the host plant. It can grow to 10 meters in height.
This highly adaptable plant is able to survive in paddocks where all native vegetation has been removed and replaced exclusively by introduced grasses. Also despite its spectacular flowers and ornamental desirability for garden use, it will hunt down the roots of most plants within a 50 meter radius and unless they can quickly develop alternative roots, will die within a few years. Nuytsia floribunda is difficult to permanently remove, as they will rapidly re-grow their trunk if knocked over, providing the root system is not too badly damaged.
The WA Christmas Tree tends to flower over the Christmas period, but most young or small plants will not flower at all unless there has been a bushfire, when most will bloom prolifically.
While they will not make a good addition to the home garden, they are a visual pleasure in the bush over the Christmas period.

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I believe that this is one of Western Australia’s most beautiful native trees.

The Flying Bug

One of my cat’s brought this guy inside last night. It was very much alive, just scared. I have no idea what it is. I’ve looked up hundreds of Bug’s, Insect’s, Flying things, Moths, Flies even Beatles but have still found nothing the same as this guy. (3cm long x about 1cm wide, not including his wings)

We took him outside, so that he could fly away and not be tormented by the cat.

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Running Postman

(Kennedia prostrata, commonly known as Running Postman or scarlet runner, is a species of flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, endemic to Australia. It is a prostrate or twining shrub which can spread to a width of 1.5 metres and has light green leaves that comprise 3 rounded leaflets with undulating edges)

While taking my dog’s for a walk last night, I came across this beautiful native ground cover.