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Grass-trees in Canadian Regional Park

Two grass-trees grow in Canadian Regional Park. Austral Grass-tree Xanthorhoea austalis is wide spread in the park with Small Grass-tree Xanthorhoea minor in a few areas. In some areas these two species grow in close proximity.

Austral Grass-trees develop a trunk as they grow where as the Small Grass-tree stem is mainly below ground level.

Other differences

Feature Austral Grass-tree Small Grass-tree
Flower spike Flowering section longer than stem. Flowering section shorter than stem.
Leaf cross-section Diamond shape. Triangular shape.
Leaf colour Blue-green with whitish bloom. Green.
Form Trunk may branch. Several tufts of leaves at ground level.

Xanthorrhoea australis and minor IMG_4227aAustral Grass-tree on left with skirt of dead leaves covering trunk. Small Grass-tree on right with several tufts of leaves.

 

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Cool Burn

 

Parks Victoria conducted a cool burn in Canadian (Woowookarung) Regional Park on 9 May 2017. The crew involved are commended for the environmental awareness.

Austral Grass-trees were individually ignited. The fuel load was reduced by burning the dry skirts without damaging Common Heath flowering near by.

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Cool burn of Austral Grass-tree skirts

This should reduce the heat of future burns and prevent the damage done to hollow trees as seen in a hot burn in 2015.

 

Orchids at Enfield

In the 1960’s the Field Naturalists Club of Ballarat regarded the “Sandy Patch” at Enfield the best place to find winter-flowering orchids.

The club will visit the Sandy Patch on Tuesday, 16 August, 2016 weather permitting.

Many types of orchid leaves are present and will flower during the next few weeks:

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Some orchids are flowering already:

Emerald-lip Greenhood Pterostylis smaragdyna

 

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Nodding Greenhood P.nutans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wattles are beginning to flower:

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Acacia gunnii

Acacia myrtifolia

 

Fifteen Acres Excursion

Mid-month excursion, September 2015
As we gathered at Fifteen Acres photographers were soon on hands and knees to capture the patches of Blunt Greenhood Pterostylis curta with its wide galea and twisted labellum. There were also clumps of Nodding Greenhood Pterostylis nutans. As we ventured further we found a few Small Spider-orchids Caladenia parva. Continue reading

Winter-flowering Orchids

Field Naturalists gathered at Dereel Hall on a fine Sunday morning.  We headed for the bush in Swanson Road to shelter from the cold wind. The sandy soil supported a woodland of Manna Gum Eucalyptus viminalis with a heathy understory. Continue reading

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Blackwood Fungi Excursion

This gallery contains 14 photos.

The Field Naturalists Club of Ballarat visited Blackwood on 7 June 2015 for their annual fungi excursion. Leader Les identified a large variety of fungi for the group. Photos: Val Hocking, Ian Ashton and Ambika Bone

Field Reports June 2015 Meeting

Elspeth  told of a large group of Pretty-mouth Fungi on Mt Hope in Wombat Forest.

Paul’s lemons have been zested again by Ring-tail Possums nibbling off only the lemon peels. Mid-May, he spied a large owl, probably a Powerful Owl judging by its wingspan as it flew away from its vantage point on a grape vine trellis post.

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Field Reports May 2015 Meeting

Peter M sadly described finding an electrocuted Antechinus in his toaster at Enfield.

Crimson Rosellas are enjoying the apples in Margaret T’s front garden at Nerrina. Continue reading

Mt Cole Excursion

We travelled up the Main Mt Cole Road, stopping soon after entering the forest, to look at the large area that has been invaded with agapanthus. It is the largest patch I have seen in a bushland area. At the junction of Main Mt Cole Road and Camp Road we inspected Mount Cole Grevillea Grevillea montis cole growing along a graded road edge. In this wet area the forest of Eurabbie Eucalyptus globulus bicostata and Messmate E. obliqua is tall and straight. Sweet Bursaria Bursaria spinosa was a common shrub and Cut -leaf Daisy Brachyscome multifida crept through the grasses. Continue reading

SEANA Camp 2015

Field Naturalists’ Club of Ballarat hosted the South East Australian Naturalists Association autumn camp at Pax Hill. We had seventy guests from 15 Field Naturalists Clubs around Victoria. Visitors came from Portland, Hamilton, Warrnambool, Timboon, Geelong, Donald, Castlemaine, Bendigo, Broken Creek, Upper Goulburn, FNCV, Ringwood, Latrobe Valley and Sale. With our own members over 80 people were present for dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings. Thanks to all the members that helped in so many ways to put an a great weekend for our visitors. Continue reading