This is the time of the year when we begin looking for our autumn species of terrestrial orchids and at the moment we are endeavouring to answer a question: do we have the Tall Bird Orchid, Chiloglottis trilabra, growing in the Anglesea district?
Currently there is great excitement in our plant world, with the discovery of Small Milkwort, Comosperma polygaloides, near Point Addis.
For our first group of the year, Rebecca Hosking kindly supplied us with frozen samples of fruiting Coastal Ballart, Exocarpos syrticola.
The Nature Ramble on Monday 13th February was along the east side of the Anglesea River estuary to look at the coastal saltmarsh plants.
Mirror Bush & Kohuha - Imports from NZ
NZ Mirror Bush Coprosma repens and Kohuhu Pittosporum tenuifolium are imports from New Zealand. Both are evergreen trees with glossy leaves that tend to grow in dense clumps eliminating indigenous species. Birds disperse the Mirror Bush berries and Kohuhu seeds into bushland reserves.
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.