On the long weekend walk I was talking to some of the other walkers about the spectacular site at Kanangra Walls during March last year (2010) of a multitude of pink flannel flowers. The pink flannel flower (Actinotus forsythii) it seems only flowers after two events – fire and then a lot of rain.
Before March 2010 there had been a bushfire on part of the Kanangra Plateau (I think it was due to a hazard reduction burn). After that was a wet period and the result was quite amazing. Under the burnt bankias and isopogons was a profusion of these beautiful flowers. It seems a mass blooming like this is a rare event.
I wonder if they had been recorded at Kanangra Walls – on the Plateau before? Perhaps this was the first time the Plateau had been burnt for a long while? And how long had the seeds been dormant and still viable? Interesting questions! Perhaps seeds are also at the nearby Ti-Willa Plateau?
Two other species of flannel flowers are quite common. Actinotus helianthi (Flannel Flower) and Actinotus minor (Lesser Flannel Flower).