It is just amazing how quickly the orchid scene changes from month to month and while many of the species we highlighted in last month’s newsletter are still flowering, we have been pleased to welcome some more species that have appeared in the last few weeks.
Seven of us rugged up and ventured up into the Otway National Park behind Lorne to Sharps Camping Area and Sheoak Picnic Area.
When we think of life on Earth we tend to think of the plant and animal kingdoms, but there are also other kingdoms such as bacteria and fungi.
Bushy Yate, Eucalyptus lehmannii, is an evergreen densely rounded tree to 8m with spread of 3m. It is endemic to the south coast of Western Australia but has naturalised into the Surf Coast cliffs, coastal areas and bushland where it seeds prolifically. The orange flower pods form clusters like fingers extending from a hand and the horned seed capsules are fused at the base in clusters of five to eight.
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.