This issue is about Pouched Dampiera Dampiera sacculata. I was horrified to find that I had not included this plant in the ‘Flowers of Foxes Lair’ publication. While wondering whether any of you would notice another blue flower if I added it and thinking that all the Dampieras had finished flowering I found the species in magnificent bloom. They are distinctive in having weeping stems that are coated with flowers and a bulge (sac, pouch) at the base of the flower.
Did you know that Dampiera flowers have three ‘petals’ (corolla lobes to the initiated) that are joined at the base and another two that have a distinctive fold (called auricle = ear) where they touch? See the arrows; quite obvious if you use a hand lens.
To find this, Common Dampiera, Boomerang Triggerplant, Black-beaked Triggerplant, and outstanding Tetratheca confertifolia (has brilliant pink flowers with four thecas whatever they are), take the short track from Williams Road to the town water tank (also joins the exit from the main picnic area) and look to the left of the track adjacent to the tank.