2nd Window Discovered!

Bush Flame Pea

Chorizema varium

Almost glowing with an inner fire, the Bush Flame Pea is something special under UV light. Red biofluorescence often occurs in the green leaves of plants – this is due to the chlorophyll in them. Chlorophyll is what makes leaves green but it is also how plants absorb energy from the sun. So, when UV light is shone on some green leaves, they appear red due to the amount of energy being absorbed. This same red biofluorescence is very rare to find anywhere else on a plant, making this wildflower a unique species.

Many species of wildflower in Australia have evolved to depend on the frequent bushfires here. The seeds and nuts in the ground have such a tough exterior that only fire can crack, allowing the flower to germinate (take root) and grow. Unlike how its name suggests, the Bush Flame Pea does not depend on fire. In fact, bushfires are one of the main reasons why this wildflower is classified as Endangered. There are only five populations known to exist in the wilds of Western Australia.

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Clue for the 3rd Window

This one is close by, the only Window that is found in the Seasonal Wetland Zone. This large, bush-like plant produces tiny flowers and has long needle-like leaves.


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