iSPY Native Wildflowers

iSPY native wildflower challenge

We need citizen scientists to help us monitor what native wildflowers are popping up across our region this spring. By taking a photo and recording what you find, you’ll be helping us to understand more about our native wildflowers and plan conservation management programs.

About the challenge

After a wet winter, native wildflowers are starting to pop up all over the Central Tablelands. Unfortunately we cannot cover all the ground looking for different species, and in some cases they only flower for a short period of time. So we’re encouraging the Central Tablelands community to take part in a challenge that will provide us with more information on what’s currently growing in our region.

The challenge is open throughout the month of October 2020, but you can submit photos you took in September 2020.

What we’re looking for

We are very keen for photos of orchids, orchids, lillies and native peas. Below are a few threatened species you might be lucky to come across.

  • Small Purple-pea - A small perennial herb, which, when flowering, can grow to 30 cm tall. The leaves are almost hairless and divided into up to six pairs of 10 mm long, very narrow leaflets, each with a pointed tip. There is also a single leaflet at the end of each divided leaf.
  • Buttercup doubletail - A terrestrial orchid found in forests and woodlands near the Great Dividing Range on the NSW Southern and Central Tablelands. The buttercup doubletail grows to 45 cm high. It has golden-yellow flowers but, unlike similar orchids, it does not have dots or stripes on the petals. The species is known as a ‘donkey orchid’ for its two widely-spaced ear-like petals at the top of the flower.
  • Tarengo leek orchid - Flowers are usually a pale whitish-green, but can be pink or pale purple. Each plant produces a solitary, tubular, fleshy, dull green leaf, growing to 35 cm tall. The flower-spike emerges in mid spring to early summer from a hole near the base of the leaf

Click to download a photographic guide of what we’re hoping to see more of!

Unsure of what you’ve found? Snap a pic and send it to us via the link below and we’ll help you ID it.

Things to remember

  • Don’t pick the wildflowers! Snap a photo instead and help us preserve these wonderful flowers
  • Don’t trespass in order to get ‘the’ shot
  • Respect biosecurity by watching where you step and ensure your shoes are clean
  • Be conscious that not all wildflowers have bloomed yet, so keep an eye out for new shoots
  • Take note of:
    • Name of the wildflower (if known)
    • Locality the photo was taken
    • Where you took the photo - nearest road, intersection, etc
    • Landscape of the photo – roadside, paddock, etc

Submit your finds

Click here to submit your finds


Download the iSPY challenge flyer here


Ed Hogan –

Allan Wray –

This project is supported by Central Tablelands Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.

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