A N P S A Fern Study Group

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Once you are on the Kings Highway head down the Clyde Mountain until just after you cross Cabbage Tree. Creek You will enter a 70km speed zone Look for the 23km marker to Batemans Bay one of the little green. triangles Western Distributor Road our road is just over the rise on the left As is Currowan State Forest. Turn down Western Distributor and follow along for 2 68km We are located on the block which is cornered. by Pig Road and Western Distributor We have two gates to enter the property one off Western Distributor. which is just up the hill aways after you pass the Pig Road turnoff The bottom gate is about 50m along Pig. Road Either is fine to use unless you are bringing your caravan in which case the top one is better We are. the big house with the green roof the only new house on the road. If you decide to come down the coast road you will need to turn right at the big roundabout just before going. in to Batemans Bay towards Nelligen This is the other end of the Kings Highway You will need to travel. about 20km along this road through Nelligen until you reach the 70km speed zone Once you go across. Dinner Creek Western Distributor is the next turn on the right Just follow the remainder of the instructions as. I suggest we plan to meet Penance Grove in Monga at around 10am after a leisurely breakfast and pack up If. we leave here at around 9 30am that should give us plenty of time. Directions are Back up the Kings Highway to the top of the Clyde There is a turn off to the left called River. Forest Road about 18km from Braidwood you then travel about 2km along this road through an interesting. little settlement and into the park It would probably be easier to meet at River Road and go in convoy as it is. pretty easy to take a wrong turn and the signage is limited You would need to leave the caravan at the turnoff. and travel with one of the other cars as turning and parking in the National Park would be a nightmare. Route through Goulburn, Saturday 18 April Meet from about 11 am at Dot s place 9 Benson street West Ryde We will be studying. Microsorum species in Australia If lost phone Dot on 02 98079056. Saturday 15 May Forest Island Track Royal National Park Meet from about 9 30 am for a 10 am start. An easy walk on a well graded track with ferns along most of it Parking available at side of Bertrand Stevens. Drive near the gate at the southern end of Lady Carrington Drive Enter the park from the Waterfall entrance. There is an entry fee Bring Picnic or packed lunch water sunscreen hat etc. All outings are subject to weather conditions being favourable Check for bushfire danger before any. Bushwalks If fire danger is imminent consider it cancelled Peter Hind 96258705. BPS Visit Reports,North Queensland Segment Nada Sankowsky. After reading the newsletter I thought that I should write a report about the British Fern Group s visit to North. Queensland I think I am the only member of the Fern Study Group in NQ at least I do not know of any other. members up here A member of the Cairns SGAP Robin Smith is a keen fernie He joined us for one day with. You will perhaps know that the group arrived in Cairns about midday on the Tuesday After getting their. vehicles and parks permits they headed up to the Tablelands for a garden visit at my place My husband Garry. and I provided them with afternoon tea homemade scones and a variety of homemade jams from the fruits of. our rainforest garden After the eats I took them on a guided tour of my fern gardens and bush houses I had. previously made several lists of ferns which I had sent to Barry White so that he could give them to the. members of the group before they left the south One list was a progressive guide to the ferns on view during. the drive up the Kuranda Range from Cairns to the Tableland Another list showed the ferns to be seen in my. collection Armed with this latter list the group was able to record ferns seen in my garden especially those that. I knew they would not have the opportunity to see in the wild during their limited time in the North Night was. closing in before we had finished the round, Remy Annie and Michel were particularly interested to see Coveniella one they had not heard about Martin. was delighted with the Cyathea exilis and other tree ferns a particular interest of his Tectaria siifolia was. appreciated with Jennifer taking photos of it Another fern that they insisted on seeing was the Resurrection. Fern Paraceterach muelleri that I was able to show them growing well in the garden They are a well. informed group and had obviously prepared themselves well for the trip Alan and I had an interesting. discussion about Ophioglossum which he noticed growing unobtrusively among other ferns in the bush house. fern bed Time ran out before I could show them the large terrarium in which I grow some of the finicky ferns. e g Aspleniums Lindsaeas and some filmy ferns This was unfortunate as I learned later that Patrick would. have enjoyed seeing more Aspleniums, On the following day we arranged a meeting place and took them through the forests of Mt Edith an area of. mountainous country east of the Tinaroo Dam This is a wonderful fern habitat and we were able to see a wide. range of tropical North Queensland ferns including the Giant Scrambling Fern a real giant Everyone had a. copy of the fern list which I had prepared for them We spent some time along a creek where we saw Grammitis. wurunuran various filmy ferns and Sticherus flabellatus compactus Marattias grow in profusion in this area. as do Diplazium dilatatum and D queenslandicum Pneumatopteris sogerensis Sphaerostephanos heterocarpa. Pteridoblechnum neglectum and Tectaria confluens Extensive areas of large rocks completely covered with. Asplenium simplicifrons some A australasicum and A athertonense are a feature of this forest. On rocks in the gullies Bolbitis taylorii was observed along with Pellaea nana and Adiantum diaphanum. Climbing ferns such as Arthropteris submarginalis and A palisotii and numerous specimens of Colysis ampla. were seen Tree ferns in this area include Cyathea cooperi C robertsiana C rebeccae and C woollsiana. We paused for lunch at a pleasant eatery in Atherton before continuing on to the Mt Baldy forestry area west. of Atherton This area is home to seven of the NQ tree ferns the previously mentioned ones plus C celebica. C baileyana and Dicksonia herbertii Two other NQ tree ferns occur only on Cape York Peninsula Martin. was really enthused about this area but suffered a disappointment when it was realised that there was not. enough time for the walk necessary to see C baileyana In this vicinity we also admired stands of Blechnum. wurunuran one of numerous NQ endemics Once again time ran out. We met the group as arranged on the northern side of Mareeba at 8 00 a m the next day for the long trip to. Mt Lewis Mecca of plant lovers Our first stop was in the lower section where many examples of. Thelypteridaceae are to be found as well as fearful specimens of the Stinging tree along with much Bramble. all encroaching onto the road Fortunately everyone took care not to brush into the Stingers Lindsaea. brachypoda was common on the vertical banks at the sides of the road Amphineuron opulentum and A. queenslandicum were both seen in the area as were several Christellas Macrothelypteris torresiana and. Pronephrium asperum Large specimens of Blechnum orientale and B cartilagineum intermingled with. Dicranopteris linearis and Cyathea rebeccae As we drove further along we were able to admire the fantastic. display of Cyathea rebeccae as it clothes the banks with layers of its glossy dark green fronds King Ferns. raised their giant fronds from over the steep sides of the road and deserved another stop Cyathea woollsiana. also presented a lovely sight at this corner, We spent some time at a very wet spot which was a fern wonderland with Diplazium dilatatum and D.
queenslandicum as well as Marattia oreades festooning the road verges while a short climb up the bank. revealed Bolbitis taylorii and Teratophyllum brightiae in profusion The Teratophyllum was showing. bathyphylls and dimorphic acrophylls i e juvenile leaves bathyphylls and adult leaves acrophylls. Epiphytes were common in this area Colysis ampla Platycerium bifurcatum Belvisia mucronata Drynaria. rigidula Davallia pyxidata and Arthropteris palisotii At one of the many magical creeks of Mt Lewis we. stopped to admire the numerous plants of Blechnum nudum and B articulatum which are such an unforgettable. sight on this particular stretch of water Sticherus flabellatus flabellatus adds its beauty to the scene Dainty. little Lindsaea obtusa was seen along the banks of this creek. We lunched at the cafe at the end of the road and afterwards took the group through the forest to a lookout. for a spectacular view of the hills and a chance to see many orchids although none was in flower at this time. One lone flower on the Rhododendron lochiae Australia s only Rhododendron did not impress However the. group seemed to enjoy the chance to examine a number of lithophytic ferns found at this site Some of these. were Scleroglossum wooroonooran Prosaptia maidenii Grammitis stenophylla and G wurunuran. Elaphoglossum callifolium and E queenslandicum Calymmodon luerssenianus as well as several filmy ferns. On the return journey I was reminded by Remy and Michel that I had promised to show them. Pteridoblechnum acuminatum and Taenitis pinnata They got their wish finding P acuminatum and P. neglectum growing together along a creek bank and seeing Taenitis pinnata at our last stop in the lower area of. the road After examining and photographing T pinnata we had our last cup of tea together and said our. goodbyes The group went back to Cairns via the Rex Range Road whist we returned home through Mareeba. We had had a wonderful two and a half days with very pleasant and interesting people and we thoroughly. enjoyed the time we believe the members of the group also had a great time. Kuranda Range Ferns Nada Sankowsky, Some easily seen ferns as you drive up the range from Cairns to the Atherton Tablelands. On the lower slopes of the range there are not many ferns to be seen but after rounding the hairpin bend. which takes you to the upper part of the range the numbers and varieties increase. Look to the right up in the trees just after the bend and you will see a few Platycerium superbum and then P. hillii and P bifurcatum cutting in as you get further along P superbum has the very large single nest frond. with very wide antlers while P hillii has round nest fronds and stiff mainly upright fertile fronds Compared to. P hillii P bifurcatum has floppy mainly pendulous fertile fronds with the nest fronds being fluted at the top. The long pale strap like fronds of the mainly epiphytic Pyrrosia longifolia can be sighted on rocky outcrops. as well as on trees while another epiphyte is Drynaria rigidula Basket Fern which can be seen all along the. road either as an epiphyte or growing on the rock walls. On both sides of the road on the rocky outcrops you will see clumps of the pale green simple fronds of. Microsorum punctatum This is an extremely hardy fern. Cyathea cooperi makes its appearance over the cliff side on the right as well as along the left with many small. plants beginning to get a toehold in the left hand gutters These will eventually be removed by road. maintenance crews Cyathea rebeccae makes sporadic appearances at first but becomes quite common further. along the roadsides This lovely fern has a very thin black trunk and noticeably glossy fronds. Clothing the cuttings on both sides of the road are large colonies of Dicranopteris linearis with the less. prolific Sticherus flabellatus alongside some of the D linearis stands or embedded within them. Some way after the Lookout on the right hand cutting wall there is a delightful group of Blechnum orientale. This fern appears in various other sections of the road but in smaller numbers than the aforementioned clump. Another blechnum to look for is B cartilagineum with its gorgeous red new fronds However unless it is. presenting its new growth this fern is not easy to pick up from a passing vehicle. As the forest becomes wetter look to the right and you should see the large fronds of Angiopteris evecta. King Fern protruding above the edge of the road, Other ferns which you will sight are various Thelypteridaceae spp e g Christella Amphineuron and. Macrothelypteris torresiana However these are not easy to separate as one zooms past Doodia spp are there. also but once again difficult to see zooming past The common Nephrolepis cordifolia has been used in a. number of places as a stabilizing agent A number of other ferns are in this area but are either not along the road. or are difficult to pick up as one motors past, Ferns in Nada Sankowsky s collection endemic to Australia Nada Sankowsky. Adiantum atroviride aethiopicum capillus veneris diaphanum formosum hispidulum numerous forms. silvaticum philippense Angiopteris evecta King Fern. Arachniodes aristata Coveniella poecilophlebia Dryopteris hasseltii sparsa. Lastreopsis acuminata decomposita grayi marginans microsora subsp microsora rufescens tenera. walleri wurunuran L species unnamed Revwattsia fragile. Tectaria brachiata confluens siifolia, Asplenium athertonense attenuatum australasicum baileyanum cuneatum excisum laserpitiifolium nidus. paleaceum parvum pellucidum polyodon simplicifrons unilaterale. Callipteris prolifera Diplazium assimile dietrichianum dilatatum queenslandicum dameriae Deparia. A N P S A Fern Study Group Newsletter Number 118 ISSN 1837 008X DATE November 2009 LEADER One list was a progressive guide to the ferns on view during the drive up the Kuranda Range from Cairns to the Tableland Another list showed the ferns to be seen in my collection Armed with this latter list the group was able to record ferns seen in my garden especially those that I knew they

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