hot as hell field trip … Sandfire

Just completed a 2nd field trip a month apart, to see what changes to vegetation to target plant species next to, and on a sand dune close to the Sandfire Roadhouse. One of the hottest places in Western Australia, this trip each of the 2 months this year entails a round trip of 650km, in a single day.

The weather was very hot. With an inch and a half of rain last night, the middle of the day was 38C and steamy, an appreciated temperature over 41C, so Sandfire did live up to it’s name. That’s what is expected here where a sea breeze is very rare, the Roadhouse being about 8km south of the 80mile beach.

Ground cover herbs come into the scene with a show of ground hugging herbs. Below are some interesting pics, to me at least, green and colourful after recent good wet season rainfall. Click to enlarge:


Calytrix carinata


Capparis spinosa, ssp nummularia


Evolvulus, Heliotrope and Hybanthus






Gossypium australe


Solanum emerging through a Saltwater Couch grass




Ventilago viminalis, Medicine Bark Tree

About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley)
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