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Five Angair members were thrilled to re-commence our nature rambles with the easing of restrictions following the Covid19 shutdown.

We walked in the Otway National Park on a cold, clear morning when the plants were sparkling in the sun with overnight dew.


The drosera were really beautiful, especially the Climbing Sundew, Drosera macrantha. Pic

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We were rather surprised to pass through a moist gully where lots of Maiden-hair Fern, Adiantum aethiopicum were growing.

maidenhairfernMaiden-hair Fern

Being winter and damp, there were several species of fungi, including this Earth Star, growing flat on the ground.

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And the bright yellow Belly Buttons, only a few centimetres high and with a dimple in the centre giving them their name.

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A highlight of the walk for many of us were the Striped Greenhoods, Pterostylis striata, only discovered recently on this site. They have a strongly striped green and white hood with forward –facing lateral sepals.

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There were lots of other winter orchid leaves and buds on heathland plants promising good flowers ahead.

Chris Morrissey

Striped Greenhood photo by Alison Watson
Other photos by Ellinor Campbell