On a crisp, sunny morning nine ANGAIR members went on a nature ramble at the Elizabeth Street Reserve, part of the Anglesea Bushland Reserve. This is an area of heathland with some woody areas.
It contains a profusion of plants of many species, all closely packed together, so that few weeds can penetrate. Some plants were starting to flower:
Erect Guinea Flower
The Common Heath was in flower or bud in shades of pink and white.
No doubt the highlight of the morning was finding hundreds of leaves of the Fringed Hare Orchid:
then discovering some flowers!
Very close to the Hares were two Bearded Midge Orchids, another exciting find.
The Climbing Sundew was looking beautiful with droplets of dew sparkling on it's hairs as it scrambled up the nearby plants.
There were also many Scented Sundews hugging the ground.
Following all the rain, there were many and varied Fungi, including this large Phlebopus marginatus - a bolete ( they have pores instead of gills).
This reserve should be very colourful in the coming spring.
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.