Patterson’s Flag & Flax Lily

Patersonia sp., the Native Iris family are a genus of grass like herbs with beautiful purple flowers. Unfortunately I didnt take photos of the right part of the plant to identify its species name (I previously thought there was only one locally occuring specie). They are a genus that have always amazed me and a sign that warm weather is approaching. The below photo is very close up and shows the centre of the flower. (30d, 180mm, f11, 1/80).

The second photo (30d, 180mm, f8, 1/250) is of a Dianella lily. Flax lillies are common around this time of the year. They are a spectacular flower and very difficult to get a good shot of. Again this was a species that I thought had one common specie and again I was wrong. I believe from memory this particular one is Dianella caerulea var. producta. Its a common belief that Aboriginals used parts of this plant to weave and make baskets etc.

Enough posting for one night.

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~ by adamrose on November 1, 2010.

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