After the better than usual rainfall in winter, spring and early summer, things have certainly dried up and the conditions have not been conducive for our early autumn orchids. The ground appears hard and one wonders how the tiny ground orchids can make their way through the inhospitable dry earth.
It is now the middle of autumn, and as you look around the bush there is not a mass of colour to be seen. Instead of flowers, there are now many seed heads that come in various forms such as capsules, follicles, pods, awned seeds, and winged seeds.
The Anglesea River (known as Kuarka Dorla to the Wadawurrung, and Swampy Creek to early settlers) has always been important to local people who appreciated its cultural, economic, social and environmental values. In particular, the riparian vegetation is of high quality.
Last month, I wrote that ‘the seed pods of Sweet Bursaria (B. spinosa) resembled a bosun’s purse, hence the name’. Fortunately, this time an eagle-eyed member (thank you Mandy) checked, and the name has nothing to do with a bosun.
Highlighted in our February orchid report, the Rosy Hyacinth Orchid, Dipodium roseum, continued to impress through the summer months as it flowered throughout the district, although many flowering stems were grazed by hungry wallabies or kangaroos.
Several members of “Friends of Allen Noble Sanctuary” joined us on the morning ramble, providing a wonderful opportunity to share knowledge of the local plant species, sanctuary history and the work of the friends group.
There are a number of wonderful local Friends Groups that provide ANGAIR members and the community with opportunities for involvement.