Stony Point and Crib Point Wildflowers

Saturday morning 6 October, 2007

Leaders: Kathie and Peter Strickland.

Eighteen people attended including two facilitators. The group walked along the area
between the railway line that runs along the Stony Point Road to Stony Point and HMAS Cerberus,
RAN Naval Establishment, Prohibited area. The area was a garden of flowers
including Chocolate Lily, Milkmaids, Running Postman, Blue Stars, Rice Flower, Salmon Sun-orchids,
Great Sun-orchid, Rabbit Ears, Dense Leek-orchid, Tall Leek-orchid, Tall Sundews, Green Leek-orchid,
Donkey Orchid, Fine Dotter-laurel, Bundled Guinea-flower, Swamp Goodenia, Twining Fringe-lily,
Sented Sndews, Blue Flag, Pink Tea-tree, White Appleberry, TriggerplAnt and Wattle Mat-rush.

The group moved on to Woolleys Beach Reserve foreshore, where Spider Orchid and Greenhood Orchids grew.
We drove to Jacks Beach for lunch. The weather was fine.

After lunch the group drove to Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve for the afternoon excursion
with Leon Costermans and Gloria Dean.
Many to thanks to Kathie and Peter Strickland for sharing their knowledge of wild flowers
with the group.

Sunday morning 7 October

Twelve participants, plus facilitator Judy Smart, started at Stony Point
railway line, at a small area which is being weeded and maintained, unlike the rest of the
railway verge which is bulldozed or overrun with Watsonia.

This area provides, a feast of wildflowers and orchids, plus a Pardalote’s nest
in the ground.

I will only list the orchids, the wildflowers being too numerous.

  • Tall Leek-orchid – Prasophyllum elatum
  • White Leek-orchid – P. spicatum
  • Green Leek-orchid – P. lindleyanum
  • Donkey Orchid – Diuris orientis
  • Spotted Sun-orchid – Thelymitra ixioides
  • Salmon Sun-orchid – T. antennifera
  • Salmon Sun-orchid – T. rubra
  • Tall Sun-orchid – T. aristata in bud
  • Small Tongue-orchid Cryptostylis leptochila in bud.

After this we went to Woolleys Beach, Crib Point, where the grassy weeds had overtaken
many of the flowers, but we did see Greencomb Spider-orchids (Caladenia tentaculata)
and some Mosquito Orchids (Acianthus pusillus), just finished flowering.

We were fortunate to have the expertise of Geoff and Jannie Lay in identifying the
plants and orchids.