Our recent survey on June 20 focused on a newly discovered population of this flora species that is classified as vulnerable at both state and national levels.
The five people who participated in the survey near Coalmine Road observed 81 specimens in excellent condition growing amongst other heathland plants.
The records will be entered in the Victorian Atlas of Biodiversity and will be analysed by Liz James from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, to identify where this population lies in relation to other known populations in the district.
The next survey will be on Tuesday, August 15 and we would welcome additional people to come and participate in this ANGAIR activity.
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.