Friday, June 26, 2015

At Last, an Outing.

Between bouts of inclement weather patterns and a couple of small health issues, the chance arose one day last week to have another look at a favourite nearby piece of bush, Mt Cannibal Flora and Fauna Reserve. It was nice to stagger to the top and get those views and to see a few winter orchids on the way – a chance to draw some breath as I found each one.

Tall Greenhoods are a widespread species that can vary considerably in form. There was a lot of leaf and just a few plants in flower near the carpark.

Beside the track there was plenty of Acianthus leaf too, I think they were the Small Mosquito Orchid, A. pusillus.

My unidentified fungi folder is bursting at the seams but I think/hope I’ve got this one right. One big hint was the substrate, a Wallaby scat. Cheilymenia raripila prefers to grow in herbivore dung. 


 We are so lucky to have such a variety of terrestrial orchids in Victoria and there seems to be something in flower at all times of the year, if we only take the time to look.


  1. Very nice images Gouldiae!

    Do your Wallabies deposit large scats or is that a really small fruiting body? I will of course now have to check every 'roo turd for interesting things: Hopefully small dog will decide not to assist!


  2. I suppose most people will be quite drawn to those beautiful orchid photos while I sit here totally fixated on a wallaby scat :-) Cheilymenia raripila - must look out for that one. Looks like some kind of beetle larvae on there as well.