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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Heremeahappy1 » Wed 30 Dec, 2020 5:00 pm

Delightful looking fungus on Baw Baw plateau. Found four of them in different areas. My first sighting. Looks on it's way out.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Neo » Wed 30 Dec, 2020 5:16 pm

Those things are weird! Have seen them around Port Macquarie.

To the Cycads, I'm always curious that you come across a band of them in a certain spot and elevation. A pair of treking poles held handles-up helps walking between them.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby bunyips » Thu 31 Dec, 2020 3:37 pm

Not quite Flora but it is a Fun Gi!!! Growing around a tree...
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby michael_p » Sun 03 Jan, 2021 4:38 pm

Heaps of Blotched Hyacinth Orchids (Dipodium variegatum) out around the area. So good to see.
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Also lots of Christmas Bush in flower along the Georges River.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby rcaffin » Sun 03 Jan, 2021 6:31 pm

Fungus on Baw Baw: that is a Stinkhorn, Aseroe rubra, Phallus rubicundus and others. I believe they exist around the world, breaking down forest litter (and garden mulch).

We first met then in the Cobberas, many years ago. We seem to have brought some of the spores back with us to Sydney, as we periodically get them on the farm now. It was not intentional, and maybe they were already here? It would seem they might.

Ahh - they can be toxic, so leave them alone.

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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby michael_p » Sat 27 Mar, 2021 4:23 pm

Every year I seem to come across one Hyacinth Orchid that is late to the flowering party. All the others around the area are well and truly finished flowering by now but not this one.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Eremophila » Sat 27 Mar, 2021 4:56 pm

Mt Sturgeon, a month ago. After our recent rain we should get some nice wildflowers in late autumn.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby michael_p » Fri 02 Apr, 2021 10:06 am

Brisbane Laurel seeds are out and they look great.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Tyreless » Sun 25 Apr, 2021 8:09 pm

Orchids (caladenia sp.) seen today on Blackhorse Ridge, Blue Mountains.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby GregG » Fri 07 May, 2021 4:53 pm

Earthstar fungi (Geostrum sp) found today in the Lower Blue Mountains. And yeah, they puffed out a good sized jet of spores when prodded, just like latter day Triffids.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby rcaffin » Mon 10 May, 2021 1:05 pm

Back fence of the farm. Amanita muscaria, Fly Agaric. Probably not good eating ...
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby michael_p » Sun 13 Jun, 2021 9:39 pm

Spotted this Tiny Greenhood Orchid today. It was so small I thought it was a blade of grass. Lucky I took a second look. Sorry for the poor photo, only had my old phone camera with me.
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Went for another visit to this spot today and found three more just metres away.
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And not 20m away found some Nodding Greenhoods as well. What a great afternoon. :D
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Heremeahappy1 » Mon 14 Jun, 2021 9:42 pm

Does this count as flora? Not a plant, still cool though.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby north-north-west » Tue 15 Jun, 2021 7:14 am

Mycena interupta A lot of people's favourite fungus. Rather late in the season for it.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby michael_p » Fri 18 Jun, 2021 3:26 pm

Interesting looking fungus I noticed this morning.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby GregG » Sat 07 Aug, 2021 3:48 pm

I have been looking in vain for any sign of life in my favourite patch of Pterostylus then by accident I found a new patch growing in my front lawn of all darn places!
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby rcaffin » Sat 07 Aug, 2021 3:55 pm

Very very tiny seeds. Could you have brought them back with you?
I suspect we brought Stinkhorns back from the Cobberas once.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby michael_p » Sat 07 Aug, 2021 4:04 pm

Huge numbers of Greenhoods and Pixie Caps out around Campbelltown at the moment. Never seen so many before.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby GregG » Sat 07 Aug, 2021 5:23 pm

rcaffin wrote:Very very tiny seeds. Could you have brought them back with you?
I suspect we brought Stinkhorns back from the Cobberas once.
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Thats interesting Roger, my "favourite patch" is only about 30m away so quite possible those tiny seeds you mention could have travelled on my shoes ( or have been blown in by the wind?).
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby rcaffin » Sat 07 Aug, 2021 7:34 pm

Shoes or wind, either way, doesn't matter.
I like greenhoods.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby michael_p » Sat 07 Aug, 2021 10:27 pm

Note the gumnut in the bottom right for sizing.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby GregG » Mon 09 Aug, 2021 11:45 pm

GregG wrote:I have been looking in vain for any sign of life in my favourite patch of Pterostylus then by accident I found a new patch growing in my front lawn of all darn places!

Sad news- my new found patch of Greenhood orchids has been totally destroyed by #$@#ing white cockatoos !
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby Tyreless » Sun 15 Aug, 2021 5:21 pm

Sydney Rock Orchids, just starting to come out (West Head this morning)
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby rcaffin » Sun 15 Aug, 2021 9:18 pm

Ladies Fingers just starting to appear, our farm way N of Horsnby.
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Also Sydney Rose (Boronia serrulata)

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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby michael_p » Tue 17 Aug, 2021 7:40 pm

Brown Beak Orchid (Lyperanthus suaveolens)
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby michael_p » Tue 17 Aug, 2021 7:43 pm

Plain Sun Orchid (Thelymitra nuda).
EDIT: Scented or Spotted Sun Orchid not Plain.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby crollsurf » Fri 20 Aug, 2021 2:28 pm

After completing my COVID project to walk every bushwalk in my local LGA (Ku-ring-gai) I thought I'd take my real camera out for a walk. Plan was to photograph birds with my telephoto 70-350mm. Didn't get a single bird photo but discovered the telephoto works well with flowers!
Please "Educate yourself", as they say in social media, and correct me if I have identified any wrongly.
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Thelymitra ixioides - Spotted Sun Orchid (correction michael_p)

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Grevillea buxifolia - Grey Spider Grevillea

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Love to know what this is

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Boronia serrulata - Native Rose

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Dillwynia floribunda - Eggs and Bacon, Parrot-pea

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Eriostemon australasius - Pink Wax Flower

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Bossiaea scolopendria - Plank Plant

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Grevillea speciosa - Red Spider Flower (although not sure)

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Boronia ledifolia - Sydney Boronia
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby michael_p » Fri 20 Aug, 2021 3:07 pm

Thelymitra crinita - Blue Lady Orchids are endemic to WA. My bet is on it being a Spotted Sun Orchid (Thelymitra ixioides) sans the spots. No spots is common amongst this type of orchid and they are very common around Sydney. The white stripes on the back of the petals also makes me think it is a Spotted.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby rcaffin » Fri 20 Aug, 2021 4:49 pm

Agree re ixiodes.
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Re: Flora Seen on Your Last Walk?

Postby crollsurf » Fri 20 Aug, 2021 6:13 pm

Thanks michael_p and rcaffin for confirming (now updated). Lockdown is a good time for me to learn more than just that's a Pea, Orchid, Boronia, Wax Flower...

FYI the photos were shot with a Sony 6400 and a Sony 70-350mm f/4.5-6. G OSS. Most with a tripod because focus was problematic (some look a bit out of focus on bushwalk.com but they are sharp on my laptop, compression maybe). The photos were cropped.

With a full frame camera, you probably need more than a 350mm because with a few exceptions, native flowers are small. A lens that offers good reach, say 500mm and a full frame camera, you really could get some exceptional photos.

I did try lens extenders for macro a while ago but the depth of field didn't work for me. A telephoto seems to offer a good depth of field and nice bokeh but others with more than next to no experience, will offer better advice.
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