Note: Participants need to comply with any relevant NSW Government COVID-19 rules
The BMCS Plant Study Group (PSG) generally meets on the second Sunday of each month and travels to different locations in the Blue Mountains. Before attending for the first time please contact Meredith by email at email@example.com. Changes to the program appear in red.
|Date (2023)||Location||Leader||More info|
|8 Jan||Ikara Ridge||Sue||Report of outing|
|*5 Feb||Mt Victoria Cemetery||Lyndal||Detailed survey|
|**16 Feb||Mt Annan Botanic Gardens & Herbarium||Meredith||Report of outing|
|12 Mar||Coachwood Glen||Sue||Report of outing|
|*2 Apr||Murphy's Glen track||Jelena||-|
|14 May||Castlereagh woodlands||Alison||-|
|9 Jul||Dharawal National Park||Meredith||Bus trip|
|13 Aug||Glenbrook area||Helen||-|
|10 Sep||Introductory walk||Peter||For new and prospective members|
|8 Oct||Rigby Hill||Sue||-|
|12 Nov||Dobbs Drift||Alison||-|
|10 Dec||TBA||TBA||Christmas walk|
Seven members of the Plant Study Group enjoyed a lovely morning in the rainforest. After a dry couple of weeks, fungi were not abundant but we found some Dead Man's Fingers (Xylaria), large bracket fungi and tiny Cyptotrama aspratum on fallen branches. We got to grips with a feast of ferns, some identified for the first time by some members eg Pellaea falcata (Sickle fern) and Asplenium flabellifolium (Necklace fern). We also found some orchid leaves (Sarchochilus sp) on pieces of fallen bark and hiding in the leaf litter were leaves of Corybas and Chiloglottis.
Leader (and report): Sue Nicol
With excitement in the air 13 bus passengers set out for Mt Annan Botanic Gardens in the Council Community Bus, driven by a capable volunteer driver. Our group was a mix of Nursery Volunteers and Plant Group members, so sharing our interest in native flora and the National Herbarium was rewarding. Herbarium staff took us on a tour of the newly designed building with sealed rooms for drying plants at 30c, freezing at minus 20c to sterilise plant specimens, and then a vault for storing specimens for perpetuity.
The Herbarium has plant samples collected from 1770 by Joseph Banks, and now the entire plant collection of Isobel Bowden, a late member of the Blue Mountains Conservation Society and renowned for her botanical contribution to conservation, is held there. See the photos of two of Isobel's specimens, gratefully given to us by the Herbarium. Also find Isobel's biography here.
We also had a good discussion with the Herbarium staff about protocols for plant collection, noting a license is required to collect native flora.
All this activity was followed by a very enjoyable lunch in the shady Grevillea Gardens, followed by a cool & shady walk through the Evolutionary Garden. The extra thrill of the day was finding a turtle in a creek and seeing a flock of Blue Triangle Butterflies.
Leader (and report): Meredith Brownhill
The first walk for 2023 was on a beautiful, clear, blue day after a week of rain.
Ten plant enthusiasts enjoyed the spectacular landscape and were delighted with the masses of white flannel flowers (Actinotus helianthi) and Platysace lanceolata as well as the vibrant pink tufts of Stylidium lineare growing on almost bare rock surfaces.
Deep blue Thelionema ceaspitosum was a new plant for some. We also saw a tally of 5 different orchids, notably Cryptostylis subulata (large tongue orchid).
Leader: Sue Nicol