This month the Mosquito Orchids, Acianthus pusillus, are appearing in many places with their heart shaped leaves and small mosquito-like flowers. They are pollinated by gnats visiting the flowers for nectar that is secreted into a depression at the base of the labellum.
In coastal areas I have been enjoying the soft autumn hues of the massed flowers on the male Drooping Sheoaks, Allocasuarina verticillata. The long, pale, orange/tan tassels droop appealingly like strings of beads.
We started our walk by taking a track off Pt Addis road, the vegetation dominated by magnificent Austral Grass -trees, masses of Sandhill Saw-sedges and stunted Messmate Stringybarks. These species typify the low fertility of soils of a Heathy Woodland which is a common ecological vegetation class in our region.
GUNN (Genera -Gunniopsis, Gunnia; Species-Gunnii)
Ronald Campbell Gunn (1808-1881) was a South African-born Australian botanist, public administrator and politician.
The recent mulching carried out by Forest Fire Management (DELWP) along the Great Ocean Road exposed the amount of litter accumulating in the bushland along this busy stretch of road. A crew from Forest Fire Management and the Surf Coast Shire (Cleaning and Outdoor Beautification) have been removing litter in response to ANGAIR’s concern.
Last month we were fortunate to be able to spend a morning with a new local 'bush and ocean' playgroup that was visiting Lot 2 in the Painkalac Valley. We were joined by Janice Carpenter.
Submission by Anglesea and Aireys Inlet Society for the Protection of Flora and Fauna (ANGAIR) and Friends of Eastern Otways (Great Otway National Park) (FEO)
There are a number of wonderful local Friends Groups that provide ANGAIR members and the community with opportunities for involvement.