A few Strathbogie Landcare-types enjoyed a lovely stroll around the upper parts of Mount Wombat Flora & Fauna Reserve last Sunday. Sim took us on a ~2 hour tour around the Old School Camp and to some lovely spots and just like in many other parts of the Strathbogies, the bush put on its best display in years.
The native Variable Plantain (Plantago varia) was in flower, as well as many more-showy flowers, including more Tiger Orchids (below) than in any recent years.
And the massed flowering of Stinking Pennywort (Hydrocotyle laxiflora) helped give the whole area a sweet, musty, pungent smell.
Olearia phlogopappa, the Dusty, or Alpine Daisy Bush provides plenty of pollen for the beetles and other insects looking for some protein-rich tucker.
Sim & Geoff ooking north-east towards Boho South and the twin-peaks of Boundary Hill and Green Hill.
The Grey Parrot pea (Dillwynia cinerascens) survived the heavy browsing pressure from herbivores when wedged in between rocks.
A sea of Violet Kunzea (Kunzea parvifolia) occupied a wet rocky site at the bottom of a large rocky expanse, the pink pom-poms brilliant against the green foliage.
Several Slender Sun Orchids (Thelymitra pauciflora) were found in an area of damp woodland, along with soon-to-flower Grass Trigger Plants and fertilized flowers of Bird Orchids (Chiloglottis below).
In contrast to the dry, rocky slopes, Mt Wombat also has some lush, wet gullies, home to water ferns, tree ferns, Messmate Stringybarks and Blackwoods (below) – the water from the flowing stream was sweet and thirst quenching.
Mt Wombat is the largest block of intact native vegetation remaining on the western edge of the Strathbogie Tableland – its a treasure that deserves more of our attention and appreciation.
Perhaps regular walks there during the year could be planned by SNAP!