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Power Street Flora Reserve

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published November 13th 2019
Power to this one, if you can find it
You will definitely need your Melways to find this Indigenous Flora and Fauna Reserve. You would never pass it on a Sunday drive.

Reserve sign
You are here.

It is only the size of a large outer suburban building block and has no formed paths, so tread carefully if you enter as there are many small plants that could easily be crushed underfoot.

undergrowth
Almost no defined paths.


yellow wildflower
Yellow really stands out on a dull day.


dense undergrowth
The dense undergrowth very evident.

It is heavily treed but without the feeling of being in the bush as the central part of the reserve is difficult to access as it is dense undergrowth.

trees
One of the few relatively open areas.

There are quite a few wildflowers growing throughout the reserve but there did not appear to be one dominant species.

wildflower close-up.
Small but nice.


Wildflowers
Tiny blooms.

Many wattlebirds were seen and heard when first entering. After noisily flittering through and above the trees all was quiet after a few minutes. I have often noticed this in other reserves and I'm beginning to form the opinion that the birds are signifying there is an intruder in the woods.

wattle bird in bush
There's a wattle bird in there somewhere.

A sulphur crested cockatoo kindly landed on a long dead tree trunk and having a feed before departing.

cockatoo
Having a feed.


cockatoo
Time to go.

Several grass tree type specimens gave a different aspect to the other flowers.

grass tree
A few of these were scattered through the reserve.


grass tree
Interesting up close.

It is in a very peaceful bushy suburban location and appears to be well looked after as there were very few weeds noticed and the few grassy areas were kept under control.

wild flower bush
One of the larger specimens.


tall wildflower
Another tall one.

Even though houses border three sides, there is no evidence of escaped domestic plants.

flower & ant
Flower and ant.


tall wildflower
A tall one.

Many of the wildflowers were tiny specimens giving little spots of colour rather than a carpet of colourful hues.

small wildflower
Small but nice.


small wildflower
Another one.

A couple of eucalyptus trees were in flower giving some eye level interest.

flowering eucalyptus
One of the flowering eucalyptus.


spiny headed mat rush
There were several spiny headed mat rush grasses there.

Its main interest would be to wildflower enthusiasts. If you are one of those and time your visit for spring, you won't be disappointed.
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Why? If you love wildflowers
Where: Power Street, Croydon North. Melways map: 36. H.7.
Cost: Free
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