On our August nature ramble, we initially had a brief stop at a small reserve on the corner of Gilbert Street and Boundary Road, which was well covered in indigenous vegetation.
Parks Victoria had mown a wide track through the reserve, and there were several small informal tracks. There were a number of Wattles in flower, and a multitude of Tall Sundews Drosera auriculata, with their shield-like leaves glistening with the sticky secretions ready to catch and digest unwary insects.
On the narrow verge opposite we saw a colony of Nodding Greenhoods Pterostylis nutans.
We then moved on to Ted’s track which, as always, had lots to offer, though most plants were waiting for warmer weather before coming into flower.
At the start were more Nodding Greenhoods, and a more unusual wattle, the Spreading Acacia genistifolia with its spiky foliage.
We saw a few small colonies of Gnat Orchids Cyrtostylis reniformis.
We looked in vain in the special enclosure for the very rare Spiral Sun orchid Thelymitra matthewsii, but there was not even a sign of a coiled leaf.
Prickly Cryptandra C. tomentosa var.1 was blooming in many places with the petals of the small tubular flowers turning the rose-red of late flowering.
Common Beard-heath Leucopogn virgatus var.virgatus with its tiny white clustered flowers and fluffy petals was also obvious.
Just starting to appear were the striking salmon flowers of the Leafless Bitter-pea Daviesia brevifolia, and Silky Guinea-flower Hibbertia sericea var. sericea with its bright yellow five-petalled flowers.
I was pleased to see several of the delicate blue pea flowers of Common Hovea H.heterophylla, as I had missed them last month when checking out the track for my August flora notes.
I was surprised to see a specimen of Billy Buttons Craspedia variables standing up straight with its single spherical golden-yellow flower.
With us were two visitors from Switzerland who were really interested in the hidden flowers of Honey-pots Acrotriche serrulata growing down at the base of the stems.
They saw ants with the flowers which suggested that that they are the pollinators.
It was a very pleasant morning ramble.
Photos by Balint Berg and Ellinor Campbell
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.
There are a number of wonderful local Friends Groups that provide ANGAIR members and the community with opportunities for involvement.