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) is hosting 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.
You are invited to join the SWOTeam at the two remaining ‘Weed Out the Weed Orchid’ events at Ngarri-djarrang on Saturday 20th, and 27th October, from 10am to 12pm (one event was held on 13th October). The event on the 27th October will include a Wildflower Walk.
Meet at the corner of Davidson St and Dawson St, Reservoir, Melway 8 B12 See map. Phone Ray or Monica at MCMC on 9380 8199 for more information. Light refreshments provided.
Funded by a community grant to the Friends of Merri Creek from Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority.