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Now is the time to look for the delightful Parson’s Bands, Eriochilus cucullatus.

Parson's Bands

Parson’s Bands

The first ones were seen flowering on 14 March near Urquhart’s Bluff where the Friends of Eastern Otways weeders discovered them a few years ago. Just three were seen and the area has been well turned over by echidnas, but hopefully there will be more, especially if we get some more rain. The flowers are standing about 15 cm tall, and the two white sepals looking like a parson’s collar, stand out against the surroundings. Look for them in open forests and heathlands.

Alison Watson and Margaret MacDonald