Eyes open this Spring

Can you help in adding information about rare or endangered plants? Springtime is the time to observe, as new life “springs” up.

Maroondah Council has contracted the expertise of Dr Graeme Lorimer, a local specialist environmental scientist to undertake two studies focusing on habitat and ecology. This will become the data from which Council is able to review our local vegetation.

There are 9 plants in Maroondah that are listed as rare or threatened under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act (1988). Some of these species include:

  • swamp everlasting
  • Lindley’s spider orchid
  • Kilsyth South spider orchid
  • tall wallaby grass
  • thin duckweed
  • golden cowslip
  • two species of diuris
  • sharp greenhood.

Maroondah has 2 major creeks and many wetlands that support 9 species of frogs, including:

  • Peron’s tree frog
  • spotted marsh frog
  • southern toadlet.

Rare or an unusual number of butterflies are also worth noting as to their location.

He is also keen to learn about new native plant life, for example native orchids, which pop up in Springtime. The Caladenia spider orchid, a dainty plant with five white thin long petals and a touch of purple, is found only in a small bushy reserve east of Melbourne. Environmental scientist Graeme Lorimer has been combing the area for the tiny orchid for 20 years. “We’re down to two on the planet. We had a couple of dozen a couple of decades ago,” he said.

Graeme is interested to know from residents if there are threats to our fragile environment, for example deer, which are prevalent in Montrose, and may be encroaching into the outskirts of Maroondah. Kangaroos too have been seen in our region last summer, as the ground dried out and suburban lawns looked like a better food source.

You can contact Graeme with relevant data at Graeme.Lorimer@biosphere.net.au

August 30, 2017 · Liz Sanzaro · No Comments
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