All the diversity you could want is just off Goulburn Valley Hwy.By Lesley Dalziel
The prolonged spring weather has led to a burst of bloom not only in our gardens, but in our parks as well. Recently a rare spider orchid of great beauty was re-discovered near Melbourne. But right here we have the stunning caladenia tentaculata, or Eastern Mantis orchid, flowering in profusion in the seemingly harsh environment of Tooborac State Forest.
Seymour Bushland Park now has 15 species of orchid, of which five are in bloom right now. They are small treasures, well worth the hunt. As well you can see golden guinea flowers, lilac coloured chocolate lilies, creamy milkmaids, white rice flowers, and glowing yellow paper daisies.
All this diversity has emerged on what was till 35 years ago a clapped-out overgrazed paddock. The park is a great example of the diversity of our native bushland, and a reservoir of information for landcarers, and anyone with an interest in their unique local flora and fauna.
On October 19 the park committee hosted a guided walk lead by esteemed biologists Peter Mitchell and Barbara Moss. Park founder Colin Officer was in attendance. The writer, as park president, thanked all those who contributed to the success of the day.
On behalf of all who attended I would like to thank Peter and Barbara for their dedication to revealing the bush to us, and for the wonderful way they expanded our knowledge and encouraged our curiosity.
The event was particularly enjoyed by the young people who attended.
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