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The Robin Allison Living Memorial Orchid Walk
December 30, 2017 – 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Join us to check terrestrial orchids Spiranthes australis protected by action taken by Robin Allison several years ago. You can help us to find more than a dozen plants in flower.
Cranbourne Friends are invited to join the Members and Friends of the Australian Plants Society-Wilson Park, Berwick for a special walk of about 45 minutes duration.
Robin Allison is a long term member of the Australian Plants Society-Wilson Park Berwick and the Cranbourne Friends. Since growing up in the Berwick area Robin has been intrigued by Terrestrial Orchids and has learned the hot spots for orchids, particularly in Melbourne’s south east. Some years ago Robin was concerned that Spiranthes australis, in a swampy area below the Cardinia Reservoir spillway, were being threatened by 4WD’s driving through the damp area and destroying their habitat. Robin went to the Parks Victoria office and made a polite but firm request they take corrective action. When Robin went back about a week later she was stunned that Mick van de Vreede had promptly installed bollards to protect the orchids. Since then no 4WD’s have accessed the area and Mick has ensured that mowing of grass is deferred until after the plants have flowered and set seed. We all can continue to enjoy these special little plants.
For the navigator: The main entrance is off Wellington Rd Melways 126 B 11. Turn into Cardinia Creek Rd then bear left into the park. Keeping to the left travel right through the park to the southern lookout. Do a ‘U’ turn and go back 300 m and park beside the bollards. From there it is a short walk to view Spiranthes australis. Locals may choose to use minor roads and enter from Red Hill Rd.
About Spiranthes australis: This is one of a few terrestrial orchids which flower in the summer while most are dormant. Although it is fairly widespread along the east coast of Australia and into Asia it can be elusive.
After the walk some people may choose to go into the Yarra Ranges for coffee or lunch.