Wilds of Westville – taking back the suburbs

A friend of mine lives in central Westville, fairly close to the freeway and the Pavillion but has the good fortune of a house that is built near a river valley, which means that the land has not been developed. We went exploring downstream and found a clearing that is a world away from the Pav (see pics). We couldn’t hear any cars or see any buildings. The river is a thin stream at the moment but apparently rages after heavy rains. The river bed is covered in what I assume must be indigenous lilies. They are very fragrant (smell amazing), are white with a touch of pale yellow while in bloom and have just flowered – I caught the last completely white flowers. Does anyone know what these are? What is their proper name?  And p.s,  isn’t this is a great little spot in the middle of suburbia? It must support a load of animals. Take back the burbs!

Westville river valley

Westville river valley

Westville river valley 2

Westville river valley 2

Lily cluster

Lily cluster

Lily in bloom

Lily in bloom

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6 Responses to Wilds of Westville – taking back the suburbs

  1. Niall McNulty May 2, 2009 at 7:15 am #

    What a great find! There are so few wild spaces left in our city.

  2. emme May 5, 2009 at 12:05 pm #

    mm, beautiful! is it the palmiet river?

  3. ruth October 22, 2009 at 5:46 pm #

    I was browsing through your site and saw this post about these pretty lilies..then I was also looking up invasive plants in south africa on google which lead me to this site with a list of declared weeds. i googled some of the names and low and behold I saw the same lily as above on google images(declared south african weed)
    here is the website. I’m sure they are the same plants= White ginger Lily (Heychium coronarium)
    http://www.biodiversityexplorer.org/plants/weeds_and_invaders/herbaceous_plants.htm

  4. Milez October 23, 2009 at 12:26 pm #

    Hi Ruth. thanks for the info, pity that something so beautiful is invasive. they look right at home there!

  5. mol-d October 23, 2009 at 1:20 pm #

    hi ruth,

    definitely not indigenous. apparently from the himalayas:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedychium_coronarium

  6. Sil December 10, 2010 at 5:42 pm #

    On the list of no-nos!! Exotic, undesireables – but oh so beuatiful!

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