July is the time that species of the Rhamnaceae (Buckthorn) family first flower in Foxes Lair. Like many of the June-July flowering wildflowers here, the flowers are tiny (about 3mm) and insignificant if you don’t have a lens or macro camera to see their delicate form.
Cryptandra nutans, the first to flower is a little shrub about 30cm high on the gravelly Banksia Walk trail.
The name Cryptandra (Latin – hiding man) refers to the anthers that are cloaked by a hood on the petals
Trymalium ledifolium occurs as a number of varieties in the district. Trymalium comes from Greek for "the eye of a needle", which refers to the three slits at the summit of the fruit when it opens. Variety ledifolium is a medium sized shrub with soft green leaves that can form clusters on rocky red loams and granitic sandy soils near the claypit. Flowering starts in mid-July with sprays of minuscule pale-yellow flowers and dark green foliage in August.
Variety rosemarinifolium is more common on drier sites. It can be easily seen by its generally paler colour and felt-surfaced growth and flowers.
The tiny flowers are exquisite, particularly with the sun behind them.