Within a few weeks now Draba, the smallest flower that blows, will sprinkle every sandy place with small blooms.

He who hopes for spring with an upturned eye never sees so small a thing as Draba. He who despairs of spring with downcast eye steps on it, unknowing. He who searches for spring with his knees in the mud finds it, in abundance.

Draba asks, and gets, but scant allowance of warmth and comfort; it subsists on the leavings of unwanted time and space. Botany books give it two or three lines, but never a plate or portrait. Sand too poor and sun too weak for bigger, better blooms are good enough for Draba.  After all, it is no spring flower, but only a postscript to a hope.

Draba plucks no heartstrings. Its perfume, if there is any, is lost in the gusty winds. Its color is plain white. Its leaves wear a sensible woolly coat. Nothing eats it; it is too small. No poets sing of it. Some botanist once gave it a Latin name, and then forgot it. Altogether it is of no importance – just a small creature that does a small job quickly and well.

– Aldo Leopold A Sand Country Almanac  
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White root (lobelia purpurescens) –  Wordwood’s alternative to American draba

This page records some of our favourite photos of Wordwood’s flora. Our Flora Species List is at the end of the page.



In the years that we have owned Wordwood, we have never been to it and not been able to pick a bunch of native wildflowers.


Mountain Burr Daidy


Fringe Lilly

Wordwood 17 May 2014 FC (18)

Native Sarsparilla (Photo: Fflur Collier)

Wordwood 17 May 2014 FC (6)

(Photo: Fflur Collier)

Wordwood 17 May 2014 FC (21)

Bluebells (Photo: Fflur Collier)

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Donkey Orchid

Flax Lilly


Black Thorn (Photo: Deb Metters)

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Greenhood orchid


Kangaroo Grass

Hedgehog Grass

Frosted Grass


In May 2016, we noticed some particularly pretty lichen (see the photos below). It made Margie think of a funny passage from a favourite book (see below).

When, after ages and ages, you finally reach the tell-tale world of truly high ground, where the chilled air smells of pine sap and the vegetation is gnarled  and tough and wind-bent, and push through to the mountain’s open pinnacle, you are, alas,  past caring. You sprawl face down on a sloping pavement of gneiss, pressed to the rock by the weight of your pack, and lie there for some minutes, reflecting in a distant, out-of-body  way that you have never before looked this closely at lichen, not in fact looked this closely at anything in the natural world since you were four years old and had your first magnifying glass.
– Bill Bryson A Walk in the Woods

Flora Species List (Last updated March 2018)



We finds the webpage Toowoomba Plants useful for plant identification (see the link on the right).

Scientific Name

Common Name

Acacia falcata Sickle-leaf wattle Tree
Acacia fimbriata Brisbane wattle Tree
Acacia irrorata Green wattle Tree
Acacia melanoxylon Black wattle Tree
Acacia penninervis Mountain hickory wattle Tree
Acacia neriifolia Oleander wattle Tree
Allocasaurina littoralis Black sheoak Tree
Allocasaurina torulosa Forest sheoak Tree
Angophora subvelutina Broad leaved apple Tree
Brachichiton populneus Kurrajong Tree
Corymbia intermedia Pink bloodwood Tree
Eucalyptus crebra Narrow leaf ironbark Tree
Eucalyptus microcorys Tallowwood Tree
Eucalyptus mollucana Gum topped box Tree
Eucalyptus propinqua Grey gum Tree
Eucalyptus tereticornis Queensland blue gum Tree
Ficus coronata Sandpaper fig Tree
Grevillea robusta Silky oak Tree
Lophostemon confertus Queensland brush box Tree
Lophostemon suaveolens Swamp Box Tree
Melia azedarach White cedar Tree
Trochocarpa laurina Tree heath or waddy wood Tree/Shrub
Bursaria spinosa Black thorn Shrub
Cassinia laevis Cough bush Shrub
Cryptandra longistaminea Shrub
Davesia ulicifolia Native gorse Shrub
Dodonaea viscosa Sticky hop bush Shrub
Hakea florulenta Shrub
Hibbertia linearis var obtusifolia Shrub
Hovea lorata Shrub
Jacksonia scoparia Dogwood Shrub
Lespedeza juncea Shrub
Maclura cochinchinensis Cockspur Shrub
Maytenus bilocularis Orangebark Shrub
Maytenus silvestris Orangebark Shrub
Notelaea linearis Native olive Shrub
Ozothamnus diosmifolius Sago bush Shrub
Persoonia sericea Geebung Shrub
Pimelea latifolia (?) Shrub
Pimelea neo-anglica Poison pimela Shrub
Psydrax odorata Shiny-leaved canthium Shrub
Rubus parvifolius Pink flowered native raspberry Shrub
Trema tomentosa Poison peach Shrub
Swainsonia galegifolia Darling pea Shrub/Vine
Acianthus fornicatus Pixie caps Herb
Adiantum aethiopicum Maidenhair fern Herb
Adiantum hispidulum Rough maidenhair fern Herb
Brachyscome microcarpa Herb
Bulbine Bulbosa Bulbine lilly Herb
Caesia parviflora var. vittata Herb
Calochlaena dubia Soft bracken fern Herb
Calotis cuneata Mountain burr daisy Herb
Chorizema parviflorum(?) Herb
Chrysocephalum apiculatum Yellow buttons Herb
Commelina diffusa Wandering Jew Herb
Crotalaria mitchellii Yellow rattlepod Herb
Desmodium brachypodum(?) Large tick trefoil Herb
Dianella caerulea Paroo lily Herb
Dianella longifolia Flax lily Herb
Dichondra repens Kidney weed Herb
Dioscorea transversa Native Yam Herb
Dipodium variegatum Blotched hyacinth orchid Herb
Diurus chrysantha Donkey orchid Herb
Eremophila debilis Winter apple Herb
Gahnia aspera Saw sedge Herb
Glossocardia bidens Native cobbler’s pegs Herb
Goodenia rotundifolia Herb
Hybanthus stellarioides Spade flower Herb
Hydrocotyle acutiloba Pennywort Herb
Hydrocotyle laxifolia Stinking pennywort Herb
Lobelia purpurescens White root Herb
Lomandra laxa Herb
Lomandra longifolia Mat rush Herb
Lomandra multiflora Many flowered mat rush Herb
Plectranthus parviflorus Herb
Poranthera microphylla Herb
Pteridium esculentum Bracken fern Herb
Pterostylis spp Greenhood orchid Herb
Ranunculus lappaceus Buttercup Herb
Schenkia australis Spike centaury Herb
Schoenoplectus mucronatus Triangular clubrush Herb
Stackhousia viminea Herb
Tephrosia bidwillii Fire pea Herb
Thysanotus tuberosus Fringe lily Herb
Tricoryne eliator(?) Yellow lily Herb
Vigna vexillata var angustifolia Wild cowpea Herb
Viola betonicifolia Arrow-leaved violet Herb
Wahleneergia queenslandica Bluebell Herb
Xerochyrsum bracteatum Paper or golden everlasting daisy Herb
Billardiera scandens Apple berry Vine
Clematis glycinoides Headache vine Vine
Eustrephus latifolius Wombat berry Vine
Geitonoplesium cymosum Scambling lily Vine
Glycine clandestina Twining glycine Vine
Hardenbergia violacea Native sarsparilla Vine
Kennedia rubicunda Red kennedy pea Vine
Neoachmandra cunninghamii Slender cucumber Vine
Pandorea pandorana Wonga vine Vine
Parsonsia eucalyptophylla Gargaloo Vine
Stephania japonica Tape vine Vine
Carex gaudichaudiana Tea tree swamp sedge Grass
Cymbopogon refractus Barbed wire grass Grass
Echinopogon Hedgehog grass Grass
Entolasia stricta Wiry panic Grass
Heteropogon contortus Black speargrass Grass
Imperata cylindrica Blady grass Grass
Oplismenus hirtellus Pademelon grass Grass
Ottochloa gracillima Graceful grass Grass
Pennisetum alopecuroides Foxtail grass Grass
Poa labillardieri Tussock grass Grass
Themeda triandra Kangaroo grass Grass
Planted by us for revegetation    
Araucaria bidwillii Bunya pine Tree
Melaleuca viminalis Weeping, red or dropping bottle brush Shrub
Planted by us for farm forestry 
Acacia decurrens Green wattle Tree
Acacia melanoxylon Black wattle Tree
Acacia neriifolia Oleander wattle Tree
Alphitonia excelsa Red ash Tree
Araucaria cunninghamii Hoop pine Tree
Callitris baileys Bailey’s Cypress pine Tree
Castanospermum australe Black bean Tree
Ceratopetalum apetalum Coachwood Tree
Corymbia intermedia Pink bloodwood Tree
Dysoxylum fraserianum Rosewood or Australian rose mahogany Tree
Dysoxylum rufum Hairy rosewood Tree
Eucalyptus grandis Flooded gum or rose gum Tree
Eucalyptus tereticornis Forest red gum Tree
Flindersia australis Crows’ash Tree
Flindersia xanthoxyla Yellowwood Tree
Gmelina leichhardtii White beech Tree
Grevillea robusta Silky oak Tree
Lophostemon confertus Brush box Tree
Melia azedarach White cedar Tree
Podocarpus elatus Brown pine Tree
Rhodosphaera rhodanthema Deep yellowwood Tree
Toona ciliata Red cedar Tree
Ligustrum lucidum Broad-leaf privet Tree
Opuntia stricta Prickly pear Tree
Lantana camara Lantana Shrub
Lantana montevidensis Creeping lantana Shrub
Baccharis halimifolia Groundsel Herb
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