On the way to Cecil Track we made a quick stop to see the beautiful Veined Helmet Orchids Corybas diemenicus flowering in their usual spot at the Gum Flat corner admiring their delicate beauty.

veined helmet orchidsVeined Helmet Orchids

It was a gentle stroll along Cecil Track in the sun noting plants along the way. Not much was flowering at this time–a little Pink Heath, Sundews and Sweet Wattle.

identifying plantsIdentifying plants

Orchids that we saw included Tall Greenhood, Mosquito Orchid and colonies of Trim Greenhood Pterostylis concinna, just starting to flower.

pterostylis concinnaTrim Greenhood

The leaves of Autumn Bird Orchid, Nodding Greenhood, Sun Orchid sp., Waxlips and Gnat orchid were observed.

identifying greenhoodsIdentifying Greenhoods

A number of different fungi were seen including some attractive Belly Buttons.

belly buttonsBelly Buttons

Two different types of lichen were observed with fruiting bodies.

lichen

lichen with fruiting bodiesLichen with fruiting bodies

The ants were building up their nests - in preparation for more rain perhaps.

ant nestsAnt nests

It was an enjoyable walk and we were pleased to have two visitors join us.

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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