Ten of us set off on Sunday 30 October to explore and learn about the Featherheads Wildflower Reserve in Cairnlea and the Iramoo Wildflower Grassland Reserve, two Crown Land reserves in outer western Melbourne situated on the Victorian volcanic plains. Thousands of hours of weed control is now resulting in a number of native species returning into what were Serrated Tussock grass reserves.

The grassland vegetation is just so different to the Anglesea heathlands

Group with Rick

Led by Amanda and Rick we observed a range of floristic species

These included:-

Featherheads Ptilotus macrocephalus

Pink Bindweed
Pink Bindweed Convolvulus erubescens spp. agg.

Basalt Podolepsis
Basalt Podolepis Podolepis sp. 1

Blue Devil
Blue Devil Eryngium ovinum

The Cairnlea Conservation Reserves Committee and the Friends of Iramoo have an impressive 30 year plan for the management and restoration of their reserves.

We congratulate them on their efforts and wish them every success.

Their results are rewarding

Margaret MacDonald

Weed of the month



Freesia refracta and Freesia alba X F. leichtlinii are declared weeds in the Surf Coast Shire because they spread easily and threaten to invade bushland. Freesias are perennial herbs that die back in summer and produce new foliage in winter. The highly fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers appearing in spring are white to cream and pink with yellow markings, shaded purple on outer surface. Each plant has at least two corms, one below the other, thus requiring deep digging to remove them.

More details about how to control this weed can be found in the archive of Weeds of the Month.

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