Royal National Park: Uloola Walking Track & Karloo Walking Track 28/12/2023

After some rain on the previous day, I went to the Royal National Park on a walk with a few mates. Getting off at Waterfall Station, we entered the track.
After walking a short distance, we entered a fire trail/vehicle track, where it was very sunny. This was when we first spotted some Drosera spatulata. This section of the track was somewhat relaxed as it was very easy to traverse. The sides of the track were covered with various plants, from Angophora hispida, to various types of Proteaceae plants such as Banksia serrata (not shown in observations), Lambertia formosa, and Hakea gibbosa.
After walking for a while and entering the campsite at Uloola Falls, the area was much more shady, and I spotted a few Cryptostylis there. When we reached the falls, there were an abundance of plants there. We had a quick lunch before we headed off onto the Karloo Walking Track.

There were also a variety of plants along the Karloo Walking Track, such as Hakea teretifolia, and Banksia oblongifolia. After almost stepping on a large snake, we eventually went through some boggy sections of the track before we had to descend down towards the Karloo Pools.

At the Karloo Pools, there were a lot of people, as well as some interesting plants. Crossing the stream without getting wet was a challenge, but I eventually managed to do it. The last part of the track was quite steep and tiring, but we managed to finish it without an issue.

This was a good walk and I recommend people to go on these tracks when they get the chance to as there are plenty of amazing plants to see.

  • Toby Jin
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דצמבר 28, 2023 10:35 לפנה"צ AEDT

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A small shrub found near the starting point of the Uloola track. The follicles are round and woody, with 2 horns. Leaves were cylindrical and appears to lack any hairs.

Unsure whether it is H. bakeriana or H. sericea. According to Les Robinson’s 2003 book “Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney”, H. bakeriana is distributed north of Sydney, but the follicles appear to match the illustration of H. bakeriana.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 10:37 לפנה"צ AEDT

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Lesser flannel flower, found along various parts of the track, including the fire trail.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 10:47 לפנה"צ AEDT

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A small shrub found on the side of the track. Many individuals of this specimen appear to be developing flower buds.

Looking at the flower spike, it appears to be Persoonia pinifolia when comparing it to the illustration in Les Robinson’s 2003 book “Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney”. However, the flowering time does not appear to match with that in the book as it states ‘March – May’, but other online sources state this species can flower during summer.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 10:54 לפנה"צ AEDT

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Colonies of these small sundews were spotted along a section of the firetrail that was very boggy but received bright, direct sunlight.

The plants were blooming and contained spatulate leaves that were around 1-2 cm long. By looking at the Drosera species listed in Les Robinson’s 2003 book “Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney”, I have identified it as Drosera sapthulata.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 10:54 לפנה"צ AEDT

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These small shrubs contained rough bark and hairy leaves. They were abundant around the fire trail and different plants were at different stages of flowering. The plant recorded here contained open flowers as well as developing fruit.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 11:07 לפנה"צ AEDT

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A few individuals of this species was found on the side of the fire trail near some Eucalyptus trees.

This Dipodium is D. variegatum due to the green peduncle and spots that extend down past the petals, onto the ovaries and pedicel.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 11:12 לפנה"צ AEDT

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These small shrubs contained rough bark and hairy leaves. They were abundant around the fire trail and different plants were at different stages of flowering. The plant recorded here was small and in full bloom.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 11:16 לפנה"צ AEDT

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This small herbaceous plant was present along the fire trail in relatively open areas.

I have only identified it to the genus Scaevola as I’m not very familiar with the Goodeniaceae family.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 11:18 לפנה"צ AEDT

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This small, sprawling herb was present along the fire trail in open areas.

The 3 feathery petals on the purple flowers led me to identify it as the genus Thysanotus. I am also unfamiliar with this genus and the photos may not be good enough to ID it to species.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 11:20 לפנה"צ AEDT

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These small shrubs were found around the fire trail. Plants of various sizes were found, from seedlings to mature flowering individuals such as the one in the picture.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 11:37 לפנה"צ AEDT

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This mistletoe was found on a Eucalyptus branch in a area that contained shade from larger trees. I spotted it along the track when I noticed slender orange flowers among the leaves that seemingly came out of a dead part of the branch.

As it was somewhat high up on the tree, it was hard to take a high quality photo of the plant and the flowers.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 11:42 לפנה"צ AEDT

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A few individuals of this species was found on the side of the fire trail near some Eucalyptus trees.

This Dipodium is D. variegatum due to the green peduncle and spots that extend down past the petals, onto the ovaries and pedicel.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 11:41 לפנה"צ AEDT

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This small shrub was somewhat common among the track. The new foliage on the shrub was covered with soft white hair. This, along with the follicles containing 2 sharp horns match with the description of Hakea gibbose according to Les Robinson’s 2003 book “Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney”.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 11:51 לפנה"צ AEDT

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Colonies of these small trigger plants were found along the fire trail and in more shaded areas as well. They formed small clumps and most were either blooming or producing flower buds.

Due to its small size, I have IDed it to be Stylidium lineare according to Les Robinson’s 2003 book “Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney”.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 11:53 לפנה"צ AEDT

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This small shrub was somewhat common among the track. The new foliage on the shrub was covered with soft white hair. This, along with the follicles containing 2 sharp horns match with the description of Hakea gibbose according to Les Robinson’s 2003 book “Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney”.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 11:56 לפנה"צ AEDT

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A few individuals of this species was found on the side of the fire trail near some Eucalyptus trees. This small area contained around 3-5 (maybe more) individuals, which may be a bit hard to spot in the last photo. Some plants were blooming whilst some had already finished blooming.

These Dipodiums are D. variegatum due to the green peduncle and spots that extend down past the petals, and onto the ovaries and pedicel

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דצמבר 28, 2023 12:03 אחה"צ AEDT

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This small shrub was somewhat common among the track. The new foliage on the shrub was covered with soft white hair. This, along with the follicles containing 2 sharp horns match with the description of Hakea gibbose according to Les Robinson’s 2003 book “Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney”.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 12:08 אחה"צ AEDT

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This orchid was found in a shaded area once the open fire trail had (vehicle track) had ended.

The flowers appears to have recently closed and the ovaries appear to be swelling. A single large leaf was present at the base of the plant. This matches with the description of Cryptostylis in Les Robinson’s 2003 book “Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney”.

Because the flower has already closed, it is difficult to determine what species this is, my guess would be Cryptostylis subulata as later on the hike, they were present in different locations.

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אנגופורה קוסטטה (Angophora costata)

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דצמבר 28, 2023 12:11 אחה"צ AEDT

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This large tree contained reddish-orange bark, and a sprawling canopy. It stood out amongst the other trees in the area, which was close to the campsite next to Uloola falls.

This distinctive smooth, reddish bark, makes me believe this is Angophora costata. In the last photo of the tree, the developing capsules can be seen.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 12:25 אחה"צ AEDT

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This small tree was seen over the ledge at Uloola falls. It contains serrated leaves, and small pink sepals on what appears to be spent flowers.

The bark was a greyish colour, and more photos were difficult to take as I did not want to risk falling over the ledge. By looking at Les Robinson’s 2003 book “Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney”, this small tree appears to be Ceratopetalum apetalum.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 12:26 אחה"צ AEDT

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This small plant was found in a shaded area around the waterfall.

It appears to be some sort of Rutaceae plant. When looking at the Rutaceae section Les Robinson’s 2003 book “Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney”, it appears to belong to the genus Crowea.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 12:27 אחה"צ AEDT

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This small clump of orchids was spotted next to a rock near the waterfall.

Only 2 flowering stems were spotted but there were many leaves on the floor, which may suggest that there are many individuals in this location.

When looking at Les Robinson’s 2003 book “Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney”, this species appears to be Cryptostylis subulate due to the shape of the labellum.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 12:32 אחה"צ AEDT

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A small shrub found in an area around the waterfall.

Looking at the flower spike, it appears to be Persoonia pinifolia when comparing it to the illustration in Les Robinson’s 2003 book “Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney”. However, the flowering time does not appear to match with that in the book as it states ‘March – May’, but other online sources state this species can flower during summer.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 12:33 אחה"צ AEDT

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This Eucalyptus appears to have toppled over but is still living, and was used as a path over the small creek that it laid over.

It is a rather large tree and the bark appears to be rough and cover the tree up to smaller branches, where the bark becomes smooth.

I am not good at identifying Eucalyptus trees. I have provided pictures of the entire tree, the flowers, leaves, and fruit.

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דו-פסיגיים קדומים (מחלקה Magnoliopsida)

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דצמבר 28, 2023 12:46 אחה"צ AEDT

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This small plant was found near the ledge of the waterfall. It appears to have opposite leaves that are slender and pointy. It appears to be producing flower buds. I am not sure what family this plant is in, maybe Myrtaceae but can’t say for certain.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 12:36 אחה"צ AEDT

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This Allocasuarina was also found growing near the waterfall. Looking at the fruit of the plant, each ‘cone’ has a distinctive point at the top. This matches with the description of Allocasurina distyla in Les Robinsons’ 2003 book “Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney”

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דצמבר 28, 2023 12:55 אחה"צ AEDT

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This small prickly shrub was in full bloom along the Karloo Pools Walking track in a rather exposed area. Looking at the pointy follicles with a somewhat of a curved tip, this shrub should be Hakea teretifolia.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 12:57 אחה"צ AEDT

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This orchid has finished blooming and is now fruiting. Judging from the spent flowers, it appears to be in the genus Cryptostylis. It is most likely Cryptostylis subulata as several individuals of that species were present nearby.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 12:58 אחה"צ AEDT

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This Banksia was somewhat common along the sides of the track. It contains soft hairy looking new growth and the abaxial surface of mature leaves are white. There appears to be inflorescences starting to develop.

The shape of the leaves as well as the woolly nature of new young leaves appears to match with Banksia oblongifolia according to Les Robinson’s 2003 Book “Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney”.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 12:59 אחה"צ AEDT

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This Grevillea was spotted along the track and stood out in the landscape with its bright red flowers. This individual was a small shrub.

The plant appears to match the description of Grevillea oleoides in Les Robinson’s 2003 Book “Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney”, but the flowering time does not appear to match.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 01:02 אחה"צ AEDT

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Colonies of these small sundews were spotted along a sections of the track that was wet but received bright, direct sunlight.

The plants contained spatulate leaves that were around 1-2 cm long. By looking at the Drosera species listed in Les Robinson’s 2003 book “Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney”, I have identified it as Drosera saptulata.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 01:02 אחה"צ AEDT

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These small shrubs contained rough bark and hairy leaves. They were abundant in certain parts of the track and different plants were at different stages of flowering. The plant recorded here was small and has already finished blooming.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 01:05 אחה"צ AEDT

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This Grevillea was spotted along the track and stood out in the landscape with its bright red flowers. This individual was a small shrub.

The plant appears to match the description of Grevillea oleoides in Les Robinson’s 2003 Book “Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney”, but the flowering time does not appear to match.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 01:06 אחה"צ AEDT

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This Banksia was somewhat common along the sides of the track. It contains soft hairy looking new growth. The older leaves appear to be damaged or diseased. A spent inflorescence from a previous season can be seen.

The shape of the leaves as well as the woolly nature of new young leaves appears to match with Banksia oblongifolia according to Les Robinson’s 2003 Book “Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney”.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 01:07 אחה"צ AEDT

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Colonies of these small sundews were spotted along a sections of the track that was wet but received bright, direct sunlight. Some of the individuals in the photo were larger than the ones seen previously.

The plants contained spatulate leaves that were around 1-2 cm long. By looking at the Drosera species listed in Les Robinson’s 2003 book “Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney”, I have identified it as Drosera saptulata.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 01:11 אחה"צ AEDT

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This Hakea was spotted amongst the many plants that I saw whilst standing on top of a rocky outcrop that provided a great view of the surrounding landscape.

The leaves on this Hakea are cylindrical and appears to be glabrous from a distance. The large follicles make the plant stand out.

I am unsure whether it is H. bakeriana or H. sericea. According to Les Robinson’s 2003 book “Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney”, H. bakeriana is distributed north of Sydney, but the follicles appear to match the illustration of H. bakeriana.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 01:15 אחה"צ AEDT

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This Grevillea was found growing amongst some rocks. The flowers are whitish grey and are covered in fine hairs. This appears to be consistent with the description of Grevillea buxifolia in Les Robinson’s 2003 book “Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney”

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דצמבר 28, 2023 01:15 אחה"צ AEDT

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A small group of these plants were found growing near the base of the rock that provided a good lookout point.

The spathe that remained on the individual on the front has led me to believe it is in the genus Patersonia.

Looking at the different species of Patersonia depicted in Les Robinson’s 2003 book “Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney”, these plants should be Patersonia glabrata as they have a sprawling aerial stem (especially noticeable in the individuals in the background), and a glabrous spathe.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 01:18 אחה"צ AEDT

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This small shrub was found around a rocky area. It has interesting flowers where the long style protrudes out of the flower. The leaves are also thin and fine, resembling the needles of a conifer such as a spruce.

Looking at Les Robinson’s 2003 book “Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney”, it should be in the genus Darwinia. It resembles Darwinia fascicularis but the flowering time does not appear to be consistent with the description of this species.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 01:27 אחה"צ AEDT

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This Allocasuarina was found around a rocky area. Looking at the fruit of the plant, each ‘cone’ has a distinctive point at the top. This matches with the description of Allocasurina distyla in Les Robinsons’ 2003 book “Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney”

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דצמבר 28, 2023 01:30 אחה"צ AEDT

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This Banksia was found around a rocky area. With short, thin leaves in tight internodes, this species should be Banksia ericifolia.

Old inflorescences and developing follicles can be seen, as well as new inflorescences that are just emerging.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 01:39 אחה"צ AEDT

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A small colony of this orchid was found along the side of the track. Several inflorescences could be seen, including an older one in which the fruit has appeared to be ripe. Looking at the shape of the flower, it should be Cryptostylis subulata.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 01:40 אחה"צ AEDT

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This Grevillea was spotted along the track and stood out in the landscape with its bright red flowers. This individual was a small shrub.

The plant appears to match the description of Grevillea oleoides in Les Robinson’s 2003 Book “Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney”, but the flowering time does not appear to match.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 01:43 אחה"צ AEDT

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This small shrub was found along the track in somewhat shaded areas. The shape of the leaves and the inflorescences makes me identify it as Isopogon anemonifolius.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 01:48 אחה"צ AEDT

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This small shrub was somewhat common along the track. It has dissected leaves that are cylindrical and point upwards when young.

The shape of the flowers, the timing of the flowers, and the shape of the leaves matches with Petrophile pulchella according to Les Robinson’s 2003 book “Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney”.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 01:50 אחה"צ AEDT

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A small shrub found in a somewhat shaded area.

Looking at the flower spike, it appears to be Persoonia pinifolia when comparing it to the illustration in Les Robinson’s 2003 book “Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney”. However, the flowering time does not appear to match with that in the book as it states ‘March – May’, but other online sources state this species can flower during summer.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 01:56 אחה"צ AEDT

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This small shrub was somewhat common along the track. It has dissected leaves that are cylindrical and point upwards when young. The fruit resembles that of an egg shaped cone.

The shape of the flowers, the timing of the flowers, and the shape of the leaves matches with Petrophile pulchella according to Les Robinson’s 2003 book “Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney”.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 02:10 אחה"צ AEDT

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This fern was growing just a few metres downstream from the main area of Karloo Pools.

The fern has dichotomously branching fronds, and somewhat resembles an umbrella when viewed from the side. Looking at Les Robinson’s 2003 book “Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney”, it appears to be in the genus Sticherus.

Looking at where the frond starts to branch, there are no lobed basal segments, which would be the case for S. lobatus according to Les Robinson’s book. This, along with the arrangement of the sori appears to correspond with Sticherus flabellatus.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 02:25 אחה"צ AEDT

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This little shrub was found along the side of the track, in a section near some slopes.

The small leaves are curved upwards, and appears to be hairy when young. The flowers seem to be pure yellow. Unsure what genus of Fabaceae this shrub is.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 02:33 אחה"צ AEDT

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This small shrub was also found along the side of the track in a section near some slopes.

The flowers are yellow with a red centre. The small, almost cylindrical leaves are twisted. This leads me to believe this plant is Dillwynia retorta.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 02:33 אחה"צ AEDT

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This Doranthes excelsa was found growing next to an Angophora costata on a small ledge near the side of the track. It is currently producing an inflorescence.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 02:43 אחה"צ AEDT

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This Drosera was found in sunny, yet damp areas along the track. This small clump contained many individuals, with several that was starting to bloom.

The plants contained spatulate leaves that were around 1-2 cm long. By looking at the Drosera species listed in Les Robinson’s 2003 book “Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney”, I have identified it as Drosera saptulata.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 02:36 אחה"צ AEDT

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These flannel flowers were common towards the end of the track, and did not appear to be present along the start of the track, where Actinotus minor was present.

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דצמבר 28, 2023 02:53 אחה"צ AEDT

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This Hakea was found at the end of the walking track. The slender cylindrical leaves, and the shape of the follicles corresponds to Hakea sericea according to Les Robinson’s 2003 book “Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney”

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