Flowers in the Dandenongs
24 September 2011
Another weeding day (have to do something constructive with my otherwise destructive life).
First off was Baluk Willam where we at first walked up through the reserve and didn't find many weeds
(on the return along the roadside there were numerous weeds — I worked on a fair bit of Broom).
We did however find a Goodia lotifolia (Golden Tips)
which hasn't previously been seen in the reserve.
It is a species native in the region but perhaps not originally in this reserve.
In the afternoon it was Sherbrooke Forest's turn and we were tackling a patch of
Pilea cadierei (Aluminium Plant)
During this time one of the members told me about some bird-orchids that were out
but there was some confusion as to what they actually were.
Firstly, this is what I would call a fairly typical
Chiloglottis/Simpliglottis valida (Common Bird-Orchid)
Second, this one
is a smaller flower with
a different calli
arrangement; and thirdly is this
smaller one with thicker calli
, possibly a hybrid between valida
For the record I've also included a photo from Baluk Willam
that has a different calli arrangement again but I would call valida
(plus there are no cornuta