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 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.
Orchids that we saw included Tall Greenhood, Mosquito Orchid and colonies of Trim Greenhood Pterostylis concinna, just starting to flower.
The leaves of Autumn Bird Orchid, Nodding Greenhood, Sun Orchid sp., Waxlips and Gnat orchid were observed.
A number of different fungi were seen including some attractive Belly Buttons.
Two different types of lichen were observed with fruiting bodies.
Lichen with fruiting bodies
The ants were building up their nests - in preparation for more rain perhaps.
It was an enjoyable walk and we were pleased to have two visitors join us.
Sat 9:30am - 1:30pm
Get to Know our Tracks
Sun 9:30am - 11:00am
Friends of Allen Noble Sanctuary
Mon 9:30am - 11:00am
Tue 10:00am - 11:30am
St Bernard’s College, students’ working bee
Fri 7:30am - 9:30am
Social evening: Our water future – protecting the Barwon
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.