The lovely Kurrajong (Brachychiton populneus subsp. populneus) near the Mitchell River, east Gippsland. Occurs in dry woodlands and forests in the north/north-east of Victoria and in rain-shadow areas of the east, including in dry rainforest vegetation. Also commonly planted! Has distinctive large pods and glossy green foliage, although the new leaves in this tree were almost golden in colour.
Hyacinth Orchid (Dipodium roseum), widespread in Victoria in forests on poor sandy or rocky soils. One of the summer-flowering orchids with flowers from December to April. Beautiful pink spotted flowers and a stripey labellum. There are no leaves as it is a saprophyte.
Mountain Caladenia (Caladenia alpina) grows to 30 cm tall and occurs above 1000 m elevation in Snow Gum woodlands and alpine meadows, also with occasional occurrences in western Vic. It has broader leaves than other Caladenia species.
Australian Hounds-tongue (Cynoglossum australe), with very hairy leaves growing to 75 cm. The leaves sound raspy when you rub them. It has small blue to white flowers. Often found growing in disturbed areas, and widespread in a diverse range of habitats, including Coastal Alkaline Scrub and Coastal Dune Scrub, as well as inland.
Australian Fur Seal (Arctocephalus pusillus doriferus), found in
coastal waters and oceans, with rocky islands as their preferred breeding habitat. They are very
agile swimmers and can dive to 200 m deep to catch fish and squid. Distribution in Bass Strait, Tasmania and southern Victoria, and coming ashore on islands off South Australia and southern New South Wales. This seal is one of the colony at Chinamans Hat in Port Phillip Bay, and are quite inquisitive and interested in snorkelers who come to visit! A great experience with @watermaarq.
Coast Bonefruit (Threlkeldia diffusa), a fleshy scrambler in coastal dunes and saltmarshes with small green to reddish hard fruits. Fruits most of the year. Quite common in the understorey of the headland scrub along the Mornington Peninsula National Park but easy to overlook, one I'd never looked up until now!
Blue Bottle-daisy (Lagenophora stipitata), a small native daisy widespread in southern Victoria, found in a range of habitats from coastal dunes to forests and woodlands. It has a basal rosette of leaves and white, pink, blue or purple flowers.
Scented Groundsel (Senecio odoratus) is one of many Senecio species, this one is mostly found along the coast with a few inland records. A subshrub that can grow to over a metre, it is has aromatic blue-green fleshy leaves.