Yesterday, coming back from a quick trip down to the Latrobe Valley, I ducked into the Morwell National Park in the hope of finding some Butterfly Orchids, (Sarcochilus australis) in flower. For a short while I struggled to find them. I found a decent stand of their favourite host tree, the Prickly Currant-bush, (Coprosma qudrifida), I saw evidence of their wonderful supporting root system and only a few leaf clusters. I thought I must have been too early or late.
Eventually I came across a few specimens that had some racemes that contained some flower heads.
Such a beautiful plant. They emit a beautifully subtle scent too.
As I strolled along the track listening to a Lyrebird going through his repertoire of calls, I was thinking of how this park is less than 100 kms south west of home and is such a different ecosystem and climate.
We don't have many moss covered logs, fungi or tree ferns on the golf course!
We don't have many Stinging Nettles either, thankfully. Uncomfortable as they can be, as I was reminded briefly yesterday, they still play an important role in their own ecological niche. Why doesn't this fellow get stung I wonder....
If you are a local reading this, and you haven't been to Morwell NP for a while, or dare I say haven't been there at all, I urge you to call in one day - great little spot!