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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby michael_p » Sun 21 Aug, 2022 7:09 pm

Waxlip Orchids (Glossodia major) are out in large numbers around my area.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby michael_p » Sun 18 Sep, 2022 8:17 pm

Small Waxlip Orchid (Glossodia minor) found in Dharawal NP today.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby deadwood » Mon 19 Sep, 2022 10:39 am

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Dendrobium Tetragonum in Great Sandy national park QLD.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby michael_p » Mon 19 Sep, 2022 11:31 am

^Very nice.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby bernieq » Thu 06 Oct, 2022 8:04 pm

Lots of flowering flora in the Wyperfeld NP (NW Victoria aka The Mallee) currently, including spider orchids (Caladenia verrucosa).
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Caladenia verrucosa - Aug 2022
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However, one Caladenia stood out and I haven't been able to identify the species (yet).
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Caladenia capillata (ID by michael_p) - Aug 2022

An albino verrusosa?
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby michael_p » Fri 07 Oct, 2022 11:33 am

Possibly: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caladenia_capillata

In my old copy of Jones (A Complete Guide to Native Orchids of Australia) the closest I could find was a Jonesiopsis capillata. It appears to have been reclassified as Caladenia capillata since my copy of Jones was published.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Aushiker » Fri 07 Oct, 2022 12:06 pm

bernieq wrote:Lots of flowering flora in the Wyperfeld NP (NW Victoria aka The Mallee) currently, including spider orchids (Caladenia verrucosa).


Nice photos.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby bernieq » Fri 07 Oct, 2022 8:30 pm

More than possible, michael_p, I think you've nailed it. Caladenia capillata it is - thanks.

Should I venture another one from the same trip? I thought this would be easy to ID but I've spent much of today (well, more time than I should have) on Vic Flora without success.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby michael_p » Sat 08 Oct, 2022 8:35 am

Maybe a type of Bulbine: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulbine

Photo of a similar flower from South Africa. According to Wikipedia there are some white ones, like the South African one, here in oz: https://www.flickr.com/photos/95482238@N02/44112279280

Do you have Google Lens on your phone. Just point your camera at the plant, take a photo and it works out what the plant is. Amazing. Only problem is you need internet connection to use it. I believe google is developing an off-line version, not sure how that will work but it would be very useful.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby bernieq » Sat 08 Oct, 2022 10:36 am

Yeah, Asphodelaceae family (of which Bulbine is a member) but I haven't been able to find a species that's similar & known in the Wyperfeld region. It was quite common over a 3 day, 50km, walk so it isn't an escape - would be very surprised if it hasn't been catalogued.

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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby bernieq » Sat 08 Oct, 2022 10:41 am

Hmmm, false assumptions!

I had another look, at introduced species and .....

.... found it. Asphodelus fistulous - a declared noxious weed!

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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby peregrinator » Sat 08 Oct, 2022 4:08 pm

Ha! A few years ago I posted a photograph of this plant, having seen it in abundance in Wyperfeld NP, only to be horrified when informed of its status. That made me feel like going back to the park to rip them all out!
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Warin » Sat 08 Oct, 2022 6:35 pm

peregrinator wrote:Ha! A few years ago I posted a photograph of this plant, having seen it in abundance in Wyperfeld NP, only to be horrified when informed of its status. That made me feel like going back to the park to rip them all out!


There are many 'very attractive plants' that are 'noxious weeds'. Many are surprised when told that one of their favourite plants is a weed.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby gayet » Sat 08 Oct, 2022 7:44 pm

Sydney Golden wattle is a declared invasive weed in SA,WA and parts of VIC. Cootamundra wattle is likewise a declared invasive weed.

Both natives.

And exotic garden escapees are worse - lantana, agapanthus, as just 2
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby michael_p » Wed 12 Oct, 2022 5:46 pm

Woody Pear (Xylomelum pyriforme) are out in force around my area.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby michael_p » Sun 16 Oct, 2022 5:33 pm

Flannel Flowers in the Royal National Park today.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby keithj » Tue 06 Dec, 2022 3:09 pm

Carpet of Drosera Spatulata
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby rcaffin » Thu 08 Dec, 2022 1:48 pm

We do not (really) celebrate Xmas, although we never turn down cake and pudding.
But I thought I would share our Xmas Tree, from the back of the farm.
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Getting closer:
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And it is not only the European honey bees that love it:
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Melalueca styphiliodes I think.

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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby vagrom » Thu 08 Dec, 2022 2:44 pm

Locally it's called a Hand Flower - Cheiranthera alternifolia.

Only found in SA - considered extinct in Vic. Just a shrub, nothing special but the repro. bits, together with the colours are quite fascinating. Seen in Engelbrook Reserve Bridgewater, with a big loop-walk and Cox Creek running through.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby michael_p » Sat 10 Dec, 2022 9:37 am

Fringe Lily (Thysanotus multiflorus) are out in large numbers around my area. Not sure why the colour is washed out in this photo, these are purple/blue in real life.
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Blotched Hyacinth (Dipodium punctatum) orchids are finally flowering. They are a bit late this year. Not sure why, maybe it has been a bit cool for them.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby rcaffin » Sat 10 Dec, 2022 9:56 am

Not sure why the colour is washed out in this photo
This can happen when the colour as seen by your eyeballs is a poor match to the colour sensors in the camera. The responses of your eyeball RGB sensors are different from the filters in any camera.
Oh yes, it happens. I have some 'orange' stuff sacks, the photos of which which simply do not (cannot) match human vision.

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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby crollsurf » Tue 13 Dec, 2022 6:47 pm

Regarding the Lily photo in general it was over exposed, too much light reaching the sensor.

Auto on a camera/phone averages out the exposure, and the highlights were most likely clipped, meaning they were too bright, so information was lost (colour/detail).

Even most phones these days have a "pro" mode where you can under expose in this case (or over expose) so you don't clip the subject. Point and shoot works well in many cases, but not all.

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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby michael_p » Sat 17 Dec, 2022 10:11 am

Yes Roger you are right, there can be a difference and I have seen this before but that was not the problem. Something Crollsurf said made me think and well it was user error. While fiddling with the camera I put it into "Food" mode. Putting it back into "Pro" mode fixed the colour problem.

Anyway, Flannel flowers (Actinotus helianthi) are out in large numbers around the area. A wonderful carpet of them ran for about 100m along this firetrail.
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