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2017-02-18 Contour1 - Tabernaemontana pandacaqui - Banana Bush - Flower and FruitOur first walk for 2017 was to revisit Contour1 Regeneration Area as the working track had been reconfigured with the help of the Green Army to be a circuit of approximately 450 metres and winds through various types of forest systems. So we found it a good track for many examples of forest type species.  Map

 

 

 

 

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Judith and Mike mentioned that this was one of first regeneration sites started with Don Lynch at the bottom the slope possibly in 1998. Tamborine Mountain Landcare later made it one of their first key projects. Several of us had worked on this site for many years. It had extensive lantana coverage as well as many other weeds like Solanum and Wild Tobacco. A thousand dollar Grant from Council helped to do some tracks and bridges and it has seen a number Green Corp, Green Army, Conservation Volunteers Australia and other groups come in as well. About 6 years ago it was finished with clearing and plantings and has been in maintenance with about 3 contractor visits per year. Recently a Green Army team joined up previous regeneration area tracks with a section in the main old growth area.

Mike said the site contains at least one rare plant Helicia ferruginea or Rusty Helicia found here first but found in several other places since on Tamborine Mountain.

The first thing you notice (even late in the morning) is the overwhelming sound of the Cicadas. We were unsure of the sub-species we heard but note there are 15 varieties in our TM Species List.  see the web page "List of Australian Cicada Genera" by L.W.Popple.

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We entered hearing  a pademelon escape our presence and turned left to follow the early made top track running parallel to Contour Rd going South-East. This passed by some old growth rainforest trees with Flagellaria indica vine stretching to the tree canopies. This is in species family next to grasses. A bit like bamboo but bamboo is a real grass.

Judith drew our attention to more recent invasive weed types like Green Cestrum and Lang Lang coming from local garden plantings.

Some highlights included;

2017-02-18 Contour1 - Endiandra pubens - Hairy Walnut - Wildlife chewedWe found a number of Endiandra pubens or Hairy Walnut on the ground and in a tree along with wildlife damaged versions on the ground.

A Diploglottis australis or Native Tamarind.2017-02-18 Contour1 - Diploglottis australis - Native Tamarind

 

 

2017-02-18 Contour1 - Lang Lang Tree WeedThere was growing concern expressed about a new highly invasive species of Lang Lang tree spreading around the mountain and into various regenration areas. It has become a popular garden plant due to it fragrant aroma. However, it is a growing cost of removal in protected native growth areas. Similarly this is the case against Green Cestrum.

2017-02-18 Contour1 _ Argyrodendron trifoliolatum - White BooyongThe native Argyrodendron trifoliolatum - White Booyong

Tabernaemontana pandacaqui or Banana Bush in flower and fruit. There were lots of Oohs and Aahs by the group! Some bugs (possibly stink bugs) were crawling over one fruit-flower set. We were advised it is poisoness.2017-02-18 Contour1 - Tabernaemontana pandacaqui - Banana Bush - Flower and Fruit

 

 

2017-02-18 Contour1 - AmphitheatreAn Ampitheatre where fallen logs provided tier seating to look at a Epythite laden tree, mosses & ferns and through a canopy gap down the slope.2017-02-18 Contour1 - Epiphyte

 

The tree also had a Cicada chrysalis.2017-02-18 Contour1 -  cicada chrysalis

 

2017-02-18 Contour1 -  Helicia ferruginea - Rusty Helicia SeedlingHelicia ferruginea seedling with distinctive charachteristic on its trunk/stem.

Gahnia aspera or Saw Sedge which Mike indicated has been difficult to propagate.2017-02-18 Contour1 - Gahnia aspera - Saw Sedge

 

 

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Create and maintain the environment and surrounding surviving nature will help you along the journey. It will also gradually put its own stamp on what it wants the ecology to be in this location but it will take many years for that occur. At least we know its getting going here. We also know that the work is not about control but assisting and suggesting to nature and then nature will have its say heard. That’s the way it should be. We just help keep it true to its own local ecology and is not taken over dramatically by the invaders we bring to this locality.

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