Early winter seems to be a relatively quiet time of the year with not a lot happening.
We live in a changing world and this is also true in the plant world where research of historical records and growth of taxonomic knowledge result in changes to scientific names.
The heathy woodland area adjacent to the remnant pine plantation on Portreath Road is a great area to explore with a high level of flora biodiversity.
A couple of years ago I had a series of interesting insects cross my path and I wrote articles on them for this newsletter.
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.