Field Nats Bill and Paul, visited several sites at Dereel on Tuesday – the Dereel Stone reserve, Swanson Road and Bliss Road reserve (east side). Unfortunately there are several gorse plants, some gladiolus and at least one plant of boneseed along the northern section.
There was little out in flower at the Stone reserve, only two wattle species – Acacia paradoxa and A. myrtifolia and leaves and buds of helmet and mayfly orchids.
The other two sites had good flowering examples of two orchid species plus flowers of nodding and trim greenhood orchids.
Probably Sprinter is here if you subscribe to the six season calendar. On a recent trip out to the Enfield Forest Bill M. really felt spring had arrived when he saw Chiloglottis trapeziformis , Corybas incurvus , Pterostylis concinna , Pterostylis nana and the find of the day was a large colony of Cyanicula caerulea.
Corybas incurvus Slaty Helmet – Orchid
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:
Some orchids are flowering already:
Emerald-lip Greenhood Pterostylis smaragdyna
Nodding Greenhood P.nutans
Wattles are beginning to flower:
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
Parson’s Bands are appearing in the bushland around Ballarat. About fifteen were observed along Monkey Gulley Road, Scarsdale last Tuesday.
Perhaps the visitors for the SEANA weekend saw some as well.
Small Duck Ochid
On recent excursions in mid November and early December we have seen two different duck orchids, Caleana major, Large or Flying Duck Orchid and Caleana minor, Small Duck Orchid.
Large Duck Orchid