A clear, sunny sky shone on eight ANGAIR members as we set off across the heathland. Bright clumps of Common Heath first drew the eye, but before long less showy plants were being discovered and discussed in minute detail.
The walk followed the clifftop track initially but then turned up the Anglesea Perimeter Track towards Eumerella Scout Camp. The flowering Golden Wattyl (Acacia pycnantha) lived up to its name to such an extent it inspired Conrad White to quote a few lines of poetry to remind us that it is Australia’s floral emblem.
After crossing the Great Ocean Road we followed Ixodia Track briefly before turning to climb up to a trig point. From this vantage spot we could see the ocean and the Anglesea Coalmine and Tip! We wound down the hill on a bike path stopping for a break on the edge a pond, where we were serenaded by a chorus of birds and croaking frogs.
Coast Beard-Heath Leucopogon parviflorus
Underneath the messmates many more flowering plants were discovered and discussed as we continued our downward journey to recross the highway at Ellimatta Road.
Soft Bush Pea Pultenaea muelleri
The Anglesea Bush Reserve delighted us with its luxuriant Xanthoreas and all too soon we found ourselves back at our cars. A very enjoyable day!
Debra, John and Helen taking a closer look at a Showy Bossiaea
Many thanks to Ellinor Campbell for sharing her knowledge and supplying all the photos. A warm welcome to new walkers John and Helen; we hope to see you both again soon.
Donna Lannan (walk leader)
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.