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Simpsons Hill – Flora

Walk route along eastern edge of park to path at the end of Armfield Place.  See Eucalyptus Blakeleyi with young kurrajong underneath.   Note the dead tree with nesting hollows opposite the vegetable patch. Turn uphill just past vegetable patch to join path on the ridge.  Note blackberry on right and African lovegrass in front.

 

Follow ridge south to seat at far end of the hill to meet Arminel Ryan who will help identify local plants.

 

At the southernmost point can be found native mint, old man’s beard, kangaroo grass, bursaria and native flax lily.  Also several old dead trees, mostly E Blakeleyi.

 

Return along the ridge to flagpole.See on right at top of the steps fallen tree with markings – probably not Indigenous marking – plus square slot cut by chainsaw to stop trunk smoldering after fire on Christmas Eve 2009.  Note several kurrajong seedlings coming up after fire.  Native raspberry growing to the west of path.

 

At flagpole see ANZAC planting (including Lone Pine on ridge) and broad mown path.  Mown path to the north is bordered by African Lovegrass on East side and planting of various native trees on West.

 

  • Kurrajong tree and seedlings – fodder trees (regrown after change to park designation), Indigenous people made paste from seeds
  • RSL Spirit of ANZAC Grevillea primarily selected by the WA botanic garden for its lush red flowers, its trans-Australian heritage and the tough geographical conditions in which it grows and thrives.
  • Gallipoli rose not a rose, not a native, but found at Gallipoli and seeds brought home by Australian soldiers
  • Gallipoli rosemary