The fungi were impressive!

Armillaria hinnulea
Armillaria hinnulea

A week before there was very little to be seen, just single specimens sparsely spread. Then on the day at least 20 species, very new and fresh, and some very unusual that we’d not seen before.

Common Puffball
Common Puffball

Lichen and filmy ferns
Lichen and filmy ferns

It took us over 2 hours to traverse the short fern gully walk at Grey River observing with mirror and magnifier and consulting books.

Antrodella sp.
Antrodella sp.

Baby Belly Buttons
Baby Belly Buttons

We also took time to observe the diversity of ferns and the views of magnificent Mountain Ash high above our heads and glimpsed through the tall tree ferns.

Mountain Ash
Mountain Ash

A bonus at the end of the walk was a beautiful patch of flowering Maroonhoods, some even growing on a tree fern.  

Maroonhood Orchid
Maroonhood Orchid

Lunch was very welcome when we returned to the picnic area. This little walk must be one of our prettiest walks.

Kookaburra

Koalas were spotted on the way back down Grey River Rd, and some of the group were very lucky to spot a whale between Kennett River and Wye River. I think everyone involved increased their knowledge and appreciation of fungi and enjoyed exploring this special place in our park.

Alison Watson

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Weed of the month

Freesia

Freesia

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.

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