On our October Nature Ramble, we visited a 20 hectare remnant of the Anglesea Heath bounded by Anglesea River, Coalmine Road, Golf Club land and Alcoa freehold land to the south, which adjoins Fraser Ave.
The wildflowers were quite prolific. The highlights were Salmon Sun Orchid, Heath Milkwort, Victorian Smoke Bush and Needle Bog Rush.
Salmon Sun-orchid Thelymitra rubra
Heath Milkwort Comesperma ericinum
Victorian Smoke-bush Conospermum mitchellii
Needle Bog Rush Tricostularia pauciflora
Smooth Parrot-pea Dillwynia glaberrima
Dwarf Boronia Boronia nana var. nana
Silky Tea–tree Leptospermum myrsinoides
Photos Ellinor Campbell and Carl Rayner
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.