The Lang Lang Bush Reserve is located on McDonalds Track a few km south-east of Lang Lang.
This is another of these little islands of bush amongst cleared farmland that seem to be valuable repositories of indigenous flora and fauna – thank goodness. Also, like many other examples of remnant bushland the Lang Lang Bush Reserve seems to be a great place to dump your rubbish for free, collect a bit of firewood, etc – but I mustn’t get started!
As I ticked Eastern Yellow Robins, Grey Shrike-thrushes, Spotted Pardalotes, Fantailed Cuckoos, etc, I was keeping my eye at ground level, hoping to spot some wildflowers. There was not a lot on offer but some of the old favourite Nodding Greenhoods were still going well.
In places the tangle of bracken and other understory shrubs were covering some Acianthus leaves and it was only a matter of some persistent looking to eventually locate some Mayfly Orchids.
|Typical Acianthus leaf, including a purple colour underneath.|
|Mayfly Orchids are not particularly common but can appear in large colonies.|
These dainty filamentous orchids are so insubstantial they can be easily missed.
|About 3 or 4 species of Acianthus occur in Victoria.|
The camera finds it tricky to hold them in focus too and sometimes I needed to hold a solid leaf or stick beside the flower head to get the camera to focus.
When I got the text books out later I discovered Mayfly Orchids have an unpleasant ‘wet dog’ odour as part of their strategy to attract some insect pollinator. I wonder if I can hold that thought in my head long enough to give one a sniff when I next encounter them?