Plant Study Group at Mt Bindo Plant Study Group at Mt Bindo  (Malcolm Hughes)
Plant Study Group - 2024

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Yearly programs (with reports from outings where available):
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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 mountains@westnet.com.au. Changes to the program appear in red.

NB now the 2nd Saturday of the month

Plant Study Group 2024 Program

Notes: *Outing is a week earlier than usual. **Additional outing.


13 Jan Mount Bindo, Hampton   Sue Nicol  report
10 Feb Mt Victoria TBA   Alison Hewitt
24 Feb Deanei Reserve, Springwood   Meredith Brownhill
Plant Id with Bushcare Group
9 Mar Pt Pilcher, BM National Park   Meredith Brownhill  report
23 Mar Hampton private property   Meredith Brownhill  report

13 Apr Glenbrook Lagoon   Ros King & Valentin Siderskiy with guest speaker  report
11 May Winmalee, identifying eucalypts in the field   Don Cameron  report
8 Jun Lalor Drive, Springwood   Helen Yoxall  report
22 Jun Deanei Reserve   Meredith Brownhill with Bushcare group

13 Jul Murphy’s Glen, Woodford   Jelena Emmerick
10 Aug Yoogali Fire Trail, East Blaxland   Margaret Baker
14 Sep Cumberland Plains   Meredith Brownhill & Alison Hewitt
Bus Trip

12 Oct Long Swamp, Nth Lawson   Jo Newman
9 Nov Birrabang Ridge, BM National Park   Sue Nicol
TBA Nov Boyd River Crossing   Meredith Brownhill
Bus trip
14 Dec TBA - Christmas Lunch

EXTRA EVENTS:

11 Apr Thirlmere Lakes
Bus trip with Thursday Walkers
Bookings: contact Maurice - M/P 0402 402 783

2024 Reports  (click image to see a larger version)

8 June - Lalor Drive, Springwood

Chloanthes stoechadisChloanthes stoechadis
(Sue Nicol)
10 members took part in our field trip along the Lalor Drive Fire Trail on the southern side of Springwood, an open forest area dominated largely by Eucalyptus piperita, Corymbia gummifera and Syncarpia glomulifera. We encountered here again the roughbark Eucalyptus consideniana (Yertchuk), a species unfamiliar to many of us which we saw on last month’s field trip to Winmalee.

Discovered in flower was an intriguing member of the mint family with tubular greenish-yellow flowers - Chloanthes stoechadis. The specific epithet “stoechadis” refers to the French Lavender and was given to our plant as it has similar wrinkled leaves.

Other plants flowering here in winter were Acacia hispidula, Acacia suaveolens, Acacia ulicifolia, Euryomyrtus ramosissima, Grevillea mucronulata, Phyllota phylicoides and Woollsia pungens.

Lunch was enjoyed on a rocky outcrop looking over the valley of Glenbrook Creek across to Lost World.

Leader and report Helen Yoxall


11 May - Winmalee, identifying eucalypts in the field

Eucalypts and friends Good Forest Eucalyptus consideniana at Winmalee
(Don Cameron)
Looking before leaping is good practice for identifying eucalypts in the field, and the gentle rain on the day helped the 6 of us on the outing to do just that.

This set the scene for us to efficiently use A Key to Blue Mountains Eucalypts: Angophora, Corymbia and Eucalyptus species native to Blue Mountains Local Government Area, which Peter and Judy Smith have expertly compiled and continue to refine.

Leader and report Don Cameron


13 April - Glenbrook Lagoon

Eucalypts and friends Good Forest Lepironia articulata at Glenbrook Lagoon
(Meredith Brownhill)
On a sunny autumn day 10 members walked around Glenbrook lagoon identifying aquatic plants, which were new to some of us. The lagoon was full with water so we walked on the perimeter with swathes of a tall grey – blue rush growing in the water adjacent to us. Lepironia articulata only grows in Glenbrook in the Blue Mountains and as far south as Thirlmere Lakes in Australia.

The new floating island for Eastern Snake-necked Turtles (Chelodina longicollis) was occupied by Ducks and a Darter drying its wings.

There were many species of Eucalypts around the lagoon - some were planted and not endemic to the area, so identification kept us all busy.

Leader Ros King; Report: Meredith Brownhill


23 March - Good Forest/Hampton

Eucalypts and friends Good Forest Eucalypts and friends Good Forest
(Meredith Brownhill)
Members keen to explore further west visited a friend’s private property on the eastern slopes of the tableland ranges. The property is regenerating following the removal of cattle with the regrowth of Eucalypt Woodlands and native grasses such as Microlaena stipoides.

The shrub layer was sparse. A population of Acacia gunnii, a plant of the higher tablelands was doing well, and a good diversity of ground covers such as Goodenia hederacea in flower indicates future recovery.

Happily we sat under a tree to complete the morning's survey with a good cuppa, good company and wonderful views across the valley towards the Blue Mountains.

Leader, Report: Meredith Brownhill


9 March - Medlow Bath

Spraying ShoesSpraying Shoes
(Meredith Brownhill)
Our largest group ever of 17 members started the day by spraying our shoes with 70% Methylated Spirit to kill Phytopthora cinnamomi fungal spores on our shoes and protect the vegetation from root rot.

We walked through Eucalyptus oreades Open Forest in Medlow Bath with tall white tree trunks around us inspiring our interest. They are cold climate trees so are very vulnerable to the warming climate.

We visited E. piperita, E. radiata, E. blaxlandii Woodlands and finally, at Pt. Point Pilcher enjoyed views of spectacular sandstone cliffs with flowering Corymbias on the slopes in the valley. After lunch in the shade we strolled to a small swamp which completed our day of great floristic diversity.

Leader, Report: Meredith Brownhill


13 January - Mt Bindo

Persoonia acuminataPersoonia acuminata
(Sue Nicol)
The first outing for 2024, on our new day of the 2nd Saturday of the month, attracted 9 members.

We took three cars for the drive to Mt Bindo which is in the Hampton State Forest and has an altitude of 1360m. We were lucky to have a warm, sunny day as two days later it was 11° and drizzling.

As we drove up through the pine forest the air cooled a little to 24°. We stopped to examine the first plant of interest, the low, spreading Persoonia acuminata, which is found only on the higher parts of the tableland. It grows in profusion on the upper slopes of Mt Bindo. On very rocky slopes we saw an unusual form of Platysace lanceolata.

We finally emerged from the pines into native eucalypt forest and snow gum woodland (Eucalyptus pauciflora) on the upper slopes and summit area. The ground cover included Stellaria pungens and bracken ferns.

We had seen signs warning us that we would be under surveillance at the summit, where there are various installations and observation towers. Sure enough while sitting eating our lunch we were visited by a security guard, curious to know what a bunch of people were doing hanging round the base of the towers. He would have realised instantly that none of us mainly older women had plans to scale the ladders!

Leader, Report: Sue Nicol



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