This month’s Nature Ramble was along part of the new path at Point Addis. This track is now part of the Surf Coast Walk, joining Point Addis to Aireys Inlet along the cliff-top.
March is not known for its bountiful flowers, but we did manage to see a few, particularly where there was run-off from the Great Ocean Road. The Slender Dodder-laurel’s minute white flowers were contrasted against its tan, tangled stems as it climbed over small shrubs.
A Silky Guinea-flower was discovered – it was very confused with the seasons, being found normally is spring.
However, Cranberry Heath got it right – it is an autumn-flowering plant but the red flowers are sometimes difficult to see as they hide on the ground amongst the blue-green foliage.
The Silver Banksia, our only indigenous banksia, had a lovely fresh yellow bloom which will turn brown as it ages. The plant was short, being exposed to salt-laden winds.
Twiggy Daisy-bush also had a few white flowers scattered among the fine dark green leaves.
The sun shone and we had lovely views of the ocean from time to time, making a pleasant walk, new for many of the members.
Photos by Wendy Crebbin
Freesia refracta and Freesia alba X F. leichtlinii are declared weeds in the Surf Coast Shire because they spread easily and threaten to invade bushland. Freesias are perennial herbs that die back in summer and produce new foliage in winter. The highly fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers appearing in spring are white to cream and pink with yellow markings, shaded purple on outer surface. Each plant has at least two corms, one below the other, thus requiring deep digging to remove them.
More details about how to control this weed can be found in the archive of Weeds of the Month.
There are a number of wonderful local Friends Groups that provide ANGAIR members and the community with opportunities for involvement.