Cape Jervis Coastal Community Group – Working weekend
Come for part or all of any of the weekend’s activities 1st & 2nd Dec 2012.
Saturday 1st Dec
10.00 AM – 12.30 PM
Removing tree guards for re-use (by CJCCG and Friends of Heysen Trail greening group) near Lands End (trig point)
12.30 PM – 2.00 PM
BBQ Lunch (provided)
2.00 PM – 4.00 PM
Woody weed lopping (cyclops) and seed collecting
Sunday 2nd Dec
10.00 AM – 12.00 Noon
Please contact Carolyn (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Liz (email@example.com) for directions.
Perennial Veldt Grass (Ehrharta calycina)
This grass was encouraged to emigrate from South Africa for use as a fodder crop. Unfortunately, it likes our shores so much that it is now invading local ecosystems, presenting a major threat to our local native plants.
It’s a hardy blighter: it likes the poor, sandy soils around Cape Jervis, is resistant to drought, and its seed will germinate in most conditions. The massive amounts of seed each plant produces germinate quickly compared to native species, so it doesn’t give the natives much of a fighting chance! You can fight back against this bad guy by using herbicide in winter, or by manually removing plants in summer.
Photo Source: (http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/347; 22-8-12)
Silver Goodenia (Goodenia willisiana)
Although this is classed as rare in the Southern Lofty region, you’ll be able to find this little beauty between the Cape Jervis township and the ferry terminal, if you look carefully.
It’s a small perennial, with soft, hairy leaves and pretty yellow flowers. The leaves are narrow (up to 1 cm), but can be quite long (to 9 cm). The yellow flowers have 5 petals, and are held up on thin stalks.
Photo Source: Australian National Botanic Gardens, http://www.anbg.gov.au/photo/apii/id/dig/551, downloaded Nov 1 2012. Photographer: M. Fagg