Pindan Post 4 (part II)
The mouth of the Berkeley River is only accessable by sea or float plane, and is the site of an environmentally conscious Retreat, nestled between sand dunes a kilometre from the mouth.
I visited last year before the wet season to start a small, bush plant nursery, with seeds collected from around the resort perimeter.
Some of these are apparently being planted in the landscape already, which I will be revisiting in July. A number of superb landscaping species are natural in the bush surrounding the resort, photos shown here are for those species that were flowering while I was there.
Syzygium eucalyptoides ssp eucalyptoides, is a common tree throughout the dune system between the beach and the flood plain behind. This tree produces a large number of small white fruits with an interesting apple like flavour, I guess much used in the past thousands of years. It was just beginning to flower, and fruit ripen at the start of the wet season in December.
Verticordia cunninghamii, the Kimberley Feather Flower, was flowering prolifically on the plain behind the dunes, and is just stunning. Tarenna pentamera, I had not seen before either, and disappointingly, I only saw one plant.
It was beautiful, growing next to a large native fruiting tree, sometimes called Wild Plum, Terminalia cunninghamii in the sand just behind the beach.
The Pandanus palms were unlike any I had seen before, and looked quite prehistoric, and fortunately had no spikes on the leaves like the ones currently landscaped in Broome. A few of these are now in pots in Kununurra, about to be planted in a public landscape.
The large tree pictured on the steep cliff along the navigable Berkeley River is Alstonia actinophylla.
More Berkeley River photos here. Pindan Post 4 (Part I)