We were scheduled to walk along a track close to Woodlands Track off Forest Rd but received reports of a proliferation of Small Grass-tree, Xanthorrhoea minor subsp. lutea, spikes on Tanners Track opposite Cecil Track.
The small group of participants quickly agreed to the change of plans and were rewarded with some spectacular floral displays; in addition to the Grass-trees there were large numbers of Blue Pincushions, Brunonia australis, and some exquisite Austral Leek Orchids, Prasophyllum australe. A total of 33 species was identified.
Display of Small Grass-tree and Blue Pincushions (Rob Shepherd).
Gail, Rob, Neil & Carl surveying the flora (Paul Wright).
Gail confirms a species using one of Angair’s new magnifiers (Rob Shepherd).
Small Grass-tree spikes. Insects dominate the pollination of this species (Paul Wright).
Blue Pincushion, Brunonia australis
Button Everlasting, Coronidium scorpioides
Branching Fringe Lily, Thysanotis racemoides (Rob Shepherd).
The Austral Leek Orchid, Prasophyllum australe was in full bloom (Paul Wright).
Although the area had undergone a controlled burn some time ago the biodiversity is impressive and there was little evidence of invasive weed species. The region has been partially damaged from the illegal use of dirt bikes but hopefully this can be controlled as it offers some excellent examples of local flora and fauna.
After such a pleasant ramble we were keen to see more orchids; we visited a site along Harrison Track North to admire the Small Duck Orchid, Paracaleana minor and the Flying Duck Orchid, Caleana major.
Small Duck Orchid, Caleana minor (Rob Shepherd)
Flying Duck Orchid, Caleana major (Paul Wright).
Ramblers: Gail, Neil, Rob H, Carl, Paul, Keith & Rob S.