Spring is breeding season for the South African Weed Orchid, Disa bracteata, and the Special Weed Orchid Terminators are ready for action! Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC) hosted three weekend events to help the Friends of Merri Creek’s SWOT team stop this weed invading Reservoir’s state-significant Ngarri-djarrang grassland reserve.
Each Weed Orchid flower can produce tens of thousands of tiny seeds which are easily spread on the wind, vehicles, tools and clothing, threatening native grasslands around Melbourne. Its fleshy leaves and tubers compete with indigenous wildflowers like orchids, lilies and other herbs for prime space between the grass tussocks.
With your help MCMC is tracking the spread of invasive Weed Orchids throughout the Merri Creek catchment and adjoining suburbs, to help stop this weed in its tracks. If you’ve seen this Weed Orchid popping up around the place, please submit your sighting using our online Weed Orchid Spotter tool.
The SWOTeam held ‘Weed Out the Weed Orchid’ events at Ngarri-djarrang on Saturday 13th, 20th, and 27th October, from 10am to 12pm, with the event on the 27th October including a Wildflower Walk. These events were funded by a community grant to the Friends of Merri Creek from Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority.