Blooming wildflowers at Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park
18 September 2017
Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park(NP) is bursting with colour as the annual native wildflower bloom begins, delighting visitors to Southern Yorke Peninsula.
Natural Resources Northern and Yorke Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National ParkRanger in Charge, Mark Davison said the natural flowering display occurs each September and lasts until November, showcasing native vegetation within Innes NP.
"Innes becomes a palette of colour with species such as Templetonia retusa (cockies comb/tongue), Correa, Eucalyptus, Clematis microphylla (old man’s beard), multiple acacia (wattle) species, Calytrix tetragona (common fringe myrtle) and Leucopogan parviflorus (coastal beard heath) dominating the display," Mr Davison said.
"If you look hard enough, you may also see many of the small native orchid species which are beginning to flower."
Mr Davison said there is very little remnant vegetation remaining on Yorke Peninsula due to land clearing, so the wildflowers across the lower parts of Southern Yorke Peninsula are quite unique to the area.
"The vibrant red, white, yellow, burgundy, pale violet and pink colours littered throughout the park are striking - you really need to see it with your own eyes to truly appreciate how spectacular it is," Mr Davison said.
"Visitors to the park can witness the beauty of native vegetation and be inspired to look at alternative options and plant species for residential gardens, which in turn can provide natural habitat for native animal species.
"As we come into spring, many of our iconic native animals are also visible with their young, including emus with fluffy chicks."
Visitors to Innes NP are asked to adhere to park speed restrictions to avoid collisions and wildlife injuries and fatalities.
For more information about the annual wildflower display, as well as camping and heritage accommodation bookings at Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park, visit National Parks SA or contact the Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National ParkVisitor Centre on 8854