It was a lovely time to venture into the far western edge of the Helidon Hills area, near
White Mountain. Our first stop was at the creek crossing below Greg's place to look at the havoc caused by the January flood.
|Jenny & Nick in the ravaged creek|
After morning tea we had an invigorating walk through his property. A particular plant of interest was the Climbing Orchid Erythrorchis cassythoides or Black Bootlace Orchid.
|The black stems|
Looking at the long dark stems you can see the reason for its name. Go to Trish Gardner's blog for more about this lovely orchid, toowoombaplants2008.blogspot.com/2009/09/black-bootlace-orchid.html. Other plants that caught our attention were Large-leaf Hop-bush Dodonaea triquetra, the vulnerable Four-tailed Grevillea Grevillea quadricauda, and the Koala Fern Caustis blakai subsp macrantha.
|Plenty of Koala Fern |
on the rocky slopes
|John and Bob coming through|
the Koala Fern and Grass Trees
|Relaxing at lunch|