Category Archives: Weeds

Small group of walkers braved the heat

Despite the unseasonably warm weather a small but select group of nine kicked off the 2017 walks season by visiting Mt Alexander. Starting from Coopers Lane we climbed to Roxanne Pass, then off track we contoured above Laytons Quarry and up … Continue reading

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Weeds, weeds ……. and no more weeds? Connecting Country Workshop – 25 October 2015

Connecting Country has sent us the following article about their final workshop for the year. Spring is a beautiful time of year for native plants with yam daisies, chocolate lilies and Silver Wattles in full flower.  But alongside the natives, most … Continue reading

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Invasive species: new legislation in prospect

FOBIF has made a short submission to the Department of Primary Industries as part of the consultation process for the preparation of a new Invasive Species Management Bill. The submission is in response to a discussion paper released by DPI. … Continue reading

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Get to know your weeds

The North Central Catchment Management Authority has released a Weeds Identification Guide for the region. In many ways it’s an improvement on previous guides, because the photos are better and many species are illustrated by more than one picture. Unfortunately … Continue reading

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Mapping Kalimna’s weeds

Following our efforts to persuade authorities to concentrate fuel reduction efforts on areas close to settlement, and to integrate them with weed clearance [see our post Weeds are for burning, Feb 21], FOBIF has proposed a weed mapping project for … Continue reading

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Right plant, wrong place

The flower below is St John’s Wort [Hypericum perforatum], a pretty plant which has been used for over a thousand years as a herbal remedy. Flowers are sparse, but seeds many at this time of the year on Mount Alexander. … Continue reading

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Scottish, but not Scotch

The plant below is Spear Thistle, Cirsium vulgare, the most widespread plant in Victoria and, according to naturalist Ern Perkins, by far the most common thistle in this region. It’s commonly but wrongly called Scotch thistle. That ‘honour’ belongs to … Continue reading

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Spider Mites do their thing

Gorse-controlling spider mites were released near the Loddon Prison about 15 years ago. The mite has spread far and wide and is having a big effect on gorse in some areas. You can find more about these mites on this DPI … Continue reading

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Beautiful weeds

The lovely foliage in the picture below belongs to the Cootamundra wattle, Acacia baileyana, which is in prolific flower in our region this month. Unfortunately, the Cootamundra is a good example of the rule that most weeds are quite beautiful. … Continue reading

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Broom attack on Mount Alexander

FOBIF members in April alerted Parks Victoria to the existence of a substantial and dense clump of English Broom on the east side of Mount Alexander. We had not previously noticed this pestiferous weed on the Mount, although it is … Continue reading

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