Day 7 - Vascular Plants

Welcome to the Bush Blitz Bush Bashing Academy! 

Wednesday, 5th December 2018

For our final day in the field, Jane and I accompanied botanist Dave Albrecht into Namadgi National Park. It was quite the adventure as we participated in what I would call ‘extreme bush bashing’!

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Get ready to bush bash!

At breakfast, Dave asked if I minded ‘walking a bit’. I was expecting a leisurely stroll along a walking track. WRONG! I’m not complaining though. It was a big adventure of climbing over logs, boulders, looking out for snakes and pushing through some dense scrub. The destination was a bog, and the objective was to document some of the plants there, as it is an undocumented area.

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Dave recording the necessary information on the first specimen.

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Specimen ready to be pressed.

For Dave to take a sample, the plants needed to be flowering. I was pretty chuffed to find a mountain caladenia (Caladenia alpina) which is a type of orchid – one that Dave wanted to sample! Yay! Unfortunately, I didn't get a good photo of it, but below are photos some other plants we sampled!

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Epacris breviflora

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Oxylobium ellipticum

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Hakea microcarpa

Dave also showed me a bird orchid (Chiloglottis sp.), but he decided not to take it. I’m amazed by the green colouring of this flower – I certainly would have never found it myself!

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Bird orchid!

After collecting specimens of some plants and placing them in the press, Dave led us back to the car. I was relieved to make it back without a snake sighting and shall certainly sleep well tonight!

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We made it!