In our beautiful bushland one sometimes stumbles on a site that has hidden secrets, and this was indeed the case on our July nature ramble when we explored a small section of the Great Otway National Park at Moggs Creek.
The Small Helmet Orchid Corybas unguiculatus is uncommon in the district, but for some reason here it was flowering prolifically, enabling the 18 participants on our ramble to observe it closely and become familiar with its structure.
Of course it was just not the orchids.
Thanks to Kaye for completing the plant list – 50 species were recorded. Eathorne helped to identify.
Report by Margaret MacDonald
Photos by Mandy Mitchell-Taverner