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Sources used for identification of wildflowers shown on these pages and regions where they occur see Credits
 
These pages will feature some of the wildflowers I have photographed in Western Australia, and where possible, identified.  If you are able to help identify further flowers, or correct any I may have wrong, please contact us.
 
Information given for each species will give botanical name, known common names, describe the flower, give time of year it flowered, and where it was photographed, and the areas it occurs in.  Names have been matched to Florabase which has also been used to show distribution.
 
See some of these wildflower in larger sized photos on our Flickr pages.
 
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Patersonia occidentalis Purple Lily, Purple Flag, Blue Flag, Grass-leafed Patersonia, Native Iris
Purple, three petals, slender strap-like leaves.  Some hairs or spines evident on the edges of the leaves photographed
Late Winter through to early Summer and photographed September-October. 
Above at at Bridgetown, South West region, Western Australia and found from Kalbarri to Esperance and areas to the southwest of this line.
 
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The Patersonia to the left was photographed near Port Gregory in the Mid West region in Spring, and has broader and lightly crinkly petals and a more mauve shade than the specimens from the South West shown above. 
Possibly a regional variation of Patersonia occidentalis.
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Patersonia. These small and short stemmed native irises are probably all variations of
Patersonia pygmaea, Pygmy Patersonia
Purple or pink flowers with three petals on short stems, strap-like leaves
Late Winter through to early Summer
This selection were seen from August to November at Bridgetown, South West region, Western Australia Patersonia pygmaea ranges from around Perth and into the adjacent areas of the wheatbelt, throughout the South West, and into the Great Southern to Albany 
Patersonia. The small native iris at right was seen in September near Lancelin to the north of Perth, which is outside of the range for Patersonia pygmaea.
Purple-blue, three petals, strap-like leaves
September
Nilgen Nature Reserve near Lancelin, Western Australia
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Parentucellia viscosa, Sticky Bartsia, Yellow Bartsia, Yellow Glandweed, Sticky Parentucellia
Alien to Western Australia
A small hemi-parasitic plant with yellow tubular flowers up a short stem. 
November
Bridgetown, South West region, Western Australia and can be found in the South West, Great Southern and Perth regions, and north of Perth in the coastal Wheatbelt to Lancelin
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Parentucellia latifolia, Common Bartsia
Alien to Western Australia
A small hemi-parasitic plant with deep pink-red tubular flowers up a short stem. 
October
Bridgetown, South West region, Western Australia and can be found in the South West, Great Southern, Perth, Goldfields regions, and north of Perth in the coastal Wheatbelt to Lancelin
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Patersonia babianoides
Purple-blue, three petals, only two ridged strap-like leaves.  Some hairs or spines evident on the leaves photographed.  The base of the short flower stem has a furry sleeve
October. 
Bridgetown, South West region, Western Australia and found from Perth and through the South West and along the south coast near Albany