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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby crollsurf » Sat 30 Oct, 2021 3:03 pm

Excellent photo Greg with the white tip outer flowers. Blue Mountains, 2 years after the fires is awash with Waratahs. I walked up to Mount Solitary the other day and it was like a Waratah Nursery.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby GregG » Sun 31 Oct, 2021 4:25 pm

crollsurf wrote:Excellent photo Greg with the white tip outer flowers. Blue Mountains, 2 years after the fires is awash with Waratahs. I walked up to Mount Solitary the other day and it was like a Waratah Nursery.
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Crikey Crollsurf, a Waratah tree!
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby GregG » Tue 09 Nov, 2021 3:39 pm

Went for a walk on the Sun Valley FT today
Saw this Passiflora Herbertiana native passionfruit.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby keithj » Wed 10 Nov, 2021 5:36 am

Thanks Greg - I came across this last week on the plateau above Wolgan Valley and wondered what it was.

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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby michael_p » Wed 10 Nov, 2021 10:12 am

Unfortunately I seem to have missed the flowering of this large Snake Orchid (Cymbidium suave). Noticed several weeks back that it was starting to flower but I was a bit slow in getting back to photograph it.
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Less than 1km northish of the big Snake Orchid is a nice little one that has found a tree hollow to grow in. It is also flowering. It's up the tree a bit and I didn't have a zoom lens so this is about as close as I could get to the flowers.
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P.S. Late Beard and Hyacinths are coming up now so I'll be keeping my eye out for some to photograph.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby rcaffin » Wed 10 Nov, 2021 10:58 am

Very nice.
We have a clump of Cymbidium suave up the back of the farm, growing out of an old gum tree stump.
This is it in 2018:
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So far, fortunately, the stump still seems solid.

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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby michael_p » Wed 10 Nov, 2021 11:27 am

That one looks great.

The large Snake Orchid in my photos is in a tree stump just like your one. It looks similar in size to your 2018 photo. They do seem to like tree stumps.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby rcaffin » Wed 10 Nov, 2021 11:46 am

All we have to do is to preserve the stumps!
There must be a bit of water preserved in the core of these stumps. It was growing through the drought.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby michael_p » Fri 03 Dec, 2021 9:45 am

Fringe Lily (Thysanotus tuberosus) are out in huge numbers at the moment.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Eremophila » Sat 04 Dec, 2021 8:52 pm

I’d never seen or heard of Fringe Lilies before. I know there’s a Larapinta campsite named Fringe Lily Creek but never gave it much thought.

Lo and behold, there were plenty of them on the lower part of Mt Sturgeon today. First time I’ve seen them in 8 years of walking there - must be the unseasonal amount of rain.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby michael_p » Mon 06 Dec, 2021 10:11 am

Late Beard Orchids (Calochilus therophilus) are flowering now. Couple of quick snaps with my phone so not the best photos.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby north-north-west » Mon 06 Dec, 2021 11:46 am

Lot of Chiloglottis gunnii (Tall Bird Orchid) around. This one, with its weird sideways labellum, was the pick of them.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Baeng72 » Mon 06 Dec, 2021 3:48 pm

Some flowers, Wilson's Prom. (I'd call them 'daisy' like, but probably not close).
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Purple

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Yellow

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Lilac? (I don't know).
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby michael_p » Tue 14 Dec, 2021 11:25 am

Blotched Hyacinth-Orchids (Dipodium punctatum) are coming out.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby michael_p » Tue 18 Jan, 2022 9:43 am

Large Tongue Orchid (Cryptostylis subulata), Dharawal NP, Wedderburn. This one has only just started to flower.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby north-north-west » Tue 18 Jan, 2022 5:18 pm

Lucked out there, michael. That one's on my hit list.

Best I can do in response is Calochilus paludosis.
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Although there is still plenty of scoparia out there, if you know where to go:
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Last » Tue 18 Jan, 2022 8:46 pm

This is, I'm told, a Green Hood Orchid. Picture was taken at Tolmie, Victoria a couple of weeks ago. There were also a lot of Fringe Lillies about.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby michael_p » Wed 19 Jan, 2022 8:04 am

Looks like a Sharp Greenhood. Something has had a nibble at the lateral sepals.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Last » Wed 19 Jan, 2022 9:39 pm

michael_p wrote:Looks like a Sharp Greenhood. Something has had a nibble at the lateral sepals.

interesting. They must be tasty because another nearby had the same treatment
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Last » Wed 19 Jan, 2022 9:40 pm

michael_p wrote:Looks like a Sharp Greenhood. Something has had a nibble at the lateral sepals.

interesting. They must be tasty because another nearby had the same treatment.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby johnw » Wed 02 Feb, 2022 5:48 pm

A couple of weeks ago walking in Namadgi NP ACT.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Baeng72 » Mon 30 May, 2022 11:15 am

Might not technically be a plant (Flora), I think it's fungus.
Seen on running creek track in Kinglake National Park.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby rcaffin » Mon 30 May, 2022 12:00 pm

I suggest rather a slime mould.

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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Baeng72 » Mon 30 May, 2022 12:16 pm

Cheers, so not flora, but not fungi.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby rcaffin » Mon 30 May, 2022 12:45 pm

Fungi are a kingdom in their own right. They may rule the world.
Slime moulds are 'protists', which is an academic way of say 'we are not sure what they are'.
Technically, a protist is any eukaryotic organism that is not an animal, plant, or fungus.

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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Baeng72 » Mon 30 May, 2022 12:51 pm

I wasn't arguing with you.
I'm aware fungi aren't plants.
Plants photosynthesise and fungi don't for starters and I'm sure there's lots of other differences that I can't remember from high-school biology.
Just wasn't aware what a slime mould wasn't a fungi. Should rename it to slime protists or something. :)
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby rcaffin » Mon 30 May, 2022 1:03 pm

Info posted for general readership.
Yeah, it's a strange world. Society should value fungi and slime moulds more. Well, we do eat mushrooms.

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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Baeng72 » Mon 30 May, 2022 1:10 pm

rcaffin wrote:Info posted for general readership.
Fair enough.
rcaffin wrote:Yeah, it's a strange world. Society should value fungi and slime moulds more. Well, we do eat mushrooms.

If you want to talk up fungus, forget mushrooms, it's yeast. No yeast, no booze or bread (ok, there are yeastless breads, but..). :)
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby rcaffin » Mon 30 May, 2022 1:56 pm

Yeast - you are right.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Neo » Wed 13 Jul, 2022 10:04 pm

Banksia serrata, the smallest plants had half sized inflorescence. Crowdy Bay NP short stroll.
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