A very keen group of local wildflower enthusiasts and others travelling from as far as Goomalling, Wickepin, Lake Grace, Dumbleyung and even Canada, experienced Jolanda Keeble’s field expertise and passion as she led the excursion last Sunday October 6. She has been visiting the reserve each month for the past 20 months to collect data on the flowering and seeding patterns of the flora of this area. Jolanda has been painstakingly recording her findings and research along with taking photographs for her upcoming book, a “Field Guide on the Flora of Tarin Rock Nature Reserve”. This field guide will be for sale from late 2020.
This Reserve has over 500 plant species recorded and Jolanda’s project is to research the rich biodiversity found in the Reserve to produce her field guide. She was able to impart some of this knowledge to the group members and answer many of their questions using her notes and photographs.
This is the second field guide Jolanda has worked on and information on her first field guide can be viewed on “A Field Guide to Hi Vallee Farm” on www.hivallee.com/field-guide/
Hi Vallee Farm, is situated north of Perth between Badgingarra and Eneabba and offers accommodation and wildflower tours.
We sincerely thank Jolanda for giving up her time to convey her extensive knowledge to the group attending the event.
After an hour of discovering the flora species along Oliver Road and hearing all about the plant world and the complex journey of insect pollinators, the party travelled to Duggan Dam. Here, they found the Boomerang Trigger plant, this has a small dainty flower shaped like a boomerang and the stamen is triggered when an insect lands on the petals, causing a trigger action which initiates the transfer of pollen. The event finished up after a pleasant lunch stop at Duggan Dam.
Sadly, the spectacular wildflower season is coming to an end. However, if you travel out to the reserve soon, you will not be disappointed.
Please contact the Lake Grace Visitor Centre, Stubbs Street Lake Grace on 9865214 or the Dumbleyung CRC on 9863 4829 and the Dumbleyung Landcare Office 9863 4225, mobile 0429 612 447 in Dumbleyung for directions to the best viewing spots, which can be accessed either travelling east or west along the Coalfields Highway.
Article by Meryn Clune & Claudia Hadlow.