Flora & wildlife of Victoria.
All are mine.
sources incl. Flora of Vic Online & Flora of Melbourne.
Ribbed Thryptomene (Thryptomene micrantha), a shrub to 1.5 m tall with tiny white (and very fragrant!) flowers, flowering mostly August to November, so these ones are a bit early. Leaves are also small, just 4–6 mm long and 1–2.5 mm wide. Considered rare in Victoria and found mostly in heath or heathy woodland on sandy soils near the Gippsland Lakes. These were next to the road in the Lakes National Park.
Small Mosquito Orchid (Acianthus pusillus), which grows 4-18 cm tall with multiple tiny reddish-coloured flowers between April and August. The singl3 heart-shaped leaf has a red/purple underside and is usually held above the soil surface (--> see 3rd photo). Widespread in southern Victoria.
Learning some more fungi... I think this one is Clitocybe clitocyboides, growing in the understorey of moist eucalypt forest. It has a distinctive smooth waxy texture and is funnel-shaped, and the gills are decurrent (continue down the stem --> see 2nd pic)
Tiny, tiny fungi in the understorey, growing in eucalypt leaf and bark litter. I think this is Marasmius alveolaris, which has caps to 5 mm across on slender black hair-like stems. The caps can dry out and then rehydrate easily.
The eye-catching Hairpin Banksia (Banksia spinulosa var. cunninghamii), a shrub to 5 m high found in foothill forests and woodlands in eastern Victoria. Named for the red to black hooked styles that stick out from the flower spike. Flowers April to July. Apparently the species is quite variable and there is debate regarding the different forms, and there are also various cultivars available for the garden.
Cobra Greenhood (Pterostylis grandiflora), to 40 cm tall with small leaves up the stem. Green and white with a reddish edges, see second photo from above. Flowers May to August. Occurs on moist shady slopes but is uncommon and considered vulnerable in Victoria.
Scrub Sheoak (Allocasuarina paludosa), a shrub that grows between 0.3 to 3 metres tall, branchlets up to 20 cm long. Widespread in southern Victoria in heathlands and in poorly drained soils on the edges of swamps and woodlands. These are the male flower spikes.
Common Correa (Correa reflexa) in flower at The Grange heathland reserve, a shrub to 2 metres. Quite a variable species with a range of subspecies recognised. These ones in the reserve have green tubular flowers in autumn and winter, lovely to see some wildflowers at this time of year.
Climbing Sundew (Drosera macrantha*) with its sticky leaves trapping an insect, and also helping it to scramble up the leaves of another plant. Found in the understorey of sandy heathlands and woodlands. *I've just double checked Flora of Victoria online and discovered that this species is now known as Drosera planchonii.
Giant Spider Crabs (Leptomithrax gaimardii) congregating in Port Phillip Bay under Blairgowrie pier for their annual winter moult. They are scavengers and eat almost anything. Afterwards they go back to deeper water.
The pods of Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon), one of our very widespread and common wattles, found in a diverse range of habitats. According to Flora of Victoria Online it is one of the most wide-ranging tree species in eastern Australia and is quite variable. A distinctive feature is that the small black seeds have a red fleshy 'funicle' that wraps around each seed twice.