On top of the world

Correa aemula amongst granite boulders

Correa aemula amongst granite boulders

Last week I visited Langi Ghiran State Park. I haven’t been there for quite a few years and have vague memories of an early excursion there with the Ballarat Australian Plants Group. The view from one of the higher points was magnificent.

 

View towards the Challicum Hills Wind Farm

View towards the Challicum Hills Wind Farm

The common heath was about the only plant flowering but there were plenty of other interesting things to see. I hadn’t seen Correa aemula, Hairy Correa for a long time in the wild and was amazed at the size of the leaves. Acacia oxycedrus had flower buds but it was really the views that caught the eye.

Evidence of the activity of pigs

Evidence of the activity of pigs

One disappointing aspect of the visit was the evidence of the presence of pigs. They had been right upon the rocks and are even rooting out several threatened grevillea plants (Grevillea montis-cole ssp. brevistyla). Parks Victoria has been trying to get rid of the pigs but so far unsuccessfully.

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