This is a very important area as it is the main area where Fringed Hare Orchids Leporella fimbriata are found in Anglesea.
There is an extensive group along the roadside with a few Tiny Greenhoods Pterostylis parviflora amongst them.
Fringed Hare Orchids with Tiny Greenhoods
Along the small track opposite they are scattered amongst the heathy vegetation.
We produced a good list of plants as we wandered along the track and back.
Exploring the recently burnt area at the top of the hill we discovered leaves of Red Beak, Small Helmet and Sun Orchids, and a single flowering Tufted Lobelia Lobelia rhombifolia. This Lobelia flowers after fire.
Finally as we walked back to the cars we discovered a beautiful flowering Dwarf Boronia Boronia nana var. nana. This area has been retained by Alcoa at this stage but we hope it will become part of the National Park and the orchid habitat protected.
Photos Ros Gibson and Alison Watson
Bushy Yate, Eucalyptus lehmannii, is an evergreen densely rounded tree to 8m with spread of 3m. It is endemic to the south coast of Western Australia but has naturalised into the Surf Coast cliffs, coastal areas and bushland where it seeds prolifically. The orange flower pods form clusters like fingers extending from a hand and the horned seed capsules are fused at the base in clusters of five to eight.
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.