It Was During This Stage, And Among The Scrub And Underwood Of The Sandy
Hills, That We First Met With Grevillea Pungens (R. Br.), A Shrub From
Two To Five Feet High, With Pale-Green Pinnatifid Pungent Leaves, And
Racemes Of Red Flowers.
Flagellaria indica, L. was very abundant near the
creek; and our bullocks fed heartily upon it:
Particularly in this most
wretched country, where the grass was scanty and hard.
Although the days were exceedingly hot, the air immediately before and
after sunrise was most agreeable.
Oct. 3. - We travelled about six miles and a half north by west, over a
country equally scrubby as that of the preceding stage. The saplings had
been killed by a bush fire, and a hurricane, which must have swept over
the country some years ago, had broken and uprooted the larger trees,
which lay all to the west and north-west. Since then, saplings had sprung
up, and, with the remains of the old trees, formed a most impervious
scrubby thicket, through which we could move but very slowly. About a
mile from our camp, we crossed a salt-water creek nine or ten yards
broad. There was some vine brush, with plenty of Flagellarias, growing
along its banks. A little farther, we crossed a freshwater creek, which
was larger than the preceding. Both appeared to come from some
conspicuous ranges, about six or eight miles to the westward. About five
miles farther, we encamped on a sandy creek with fine pools of water.
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