Having been confused by the apparent similarities between Ruby Saltbush, Enchylaena tomentosa var. tomentosa and Coast Bonefruit, Threlkeldia diffusa, I thought a comparison of the two would provide a useful investigation for the March Plant Study Group.
With the second month of autumn, we can account for all the orchid species that are usually flowering in the Anglesea district at this time of the year.
In April we had a pleasant ramble around Gherang Gherang Bushland Reserve, but with only a few species of bird to be seen.
It started innocently enough. ‘That’s one over there,’ my mother would say. Off I’d trot and carefully pull the Boneseed seedling out by the roots and suspend it in a bush or tree as I had been instructed.
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.