ANGAIR gained special permission from the Camp Manager, for August’s Nature Ramble to explore part of the natural bush area at the Anglesea YMCA Recreation Camp which is private property.
Seven participants listed 70 species during an enjoyable hour’s walk in the winter sunshine.
The early wattles were very showy, with extensive displays of Sweet Wattle and scattered specimens of other species including Myrtle Wattle, Varnish Wattle, Prickly Moses and Golden Wattle.
Prickly Moses Acacia verticillata
Golden Wattle A.pycnantha
The Small-leaved Clematis Clematis microphylla was festooned over other understorey shrubs. Male plants of this species (as shown here) are more abundant than female plants.
The white form of Common Heath Epacris impressa was in flower and all three local Hibbertia species were noted.
Bundled Guinea-flower Hibbertia fasciculata var. prostrata
Climbing Sundews Drosera macrantha subsp. macrantha twined around nearby plants for support and many bore one or two white flowers.
The Forked Comb-fern Schizaea bifida was an interesting find.
Attractive and informative signs marked the Indigenous Trail.
Group and signs
Photography: Ellinor Campbell, Ros Gibson
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.