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OrchidDiplodium truncatum    

2 Little dumpies at Mount Majura

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Diplodium truncatum at Mount Majura - 30 Apr 2017
Diplodium truncatum at Mount Majura - 30 Apr 2017
Diplodium truncatum at Mount Majura - 30 Apr 2017

Identification history

Orchid Diplodium truncatum 30 Apr 2017 CathB
Orchid Diplodium truncatum 30 Apr 2017 AaronClausen
Orchid Diplodium truncatum 30 Apr 2017 petersan

Significant sighting

waltraud noted:
  1 May 2017

(1) First record of Diplodium truncatum for Mt Majura (2) in an area that has the highest recorded diversity of orchids including critically endangered species and other plant species listed rare.

13 comments

   30 Apr 2017
Another brilliant and important find Petersan, congratulations.
waltraud wrote:
   1 May 2017
Awesome! Thanks heaps Peter. This is not only an important finding but also the first new species recorded since our last plant species update in October 2016 :)
petersan wrote:
   2 May 2017
Waltraud, did you see Aaron's email? - we wondered if it would be useful to cover the few plants where the sole Diplodium at the second site has been uprooted.
waltraud wrote:
   2 May 2017
Peter, i'm super busy right now and wonder whether you could do the cover up? i could provide wire mesh guards and stakes and could leave them at the blue metal road park entrance or i could squeeze in an hour tomorrow (Wednesday) morning between 9.30 and 10.30am.
waltraud wrote:
   2 May 2017
Better time tomorrow: 8.30-9.30am - i just checked my diary ...
petersan wrote:
   2 May 2017
Yep. I could meet you at 8.30.
waltraud wrote:
   2 May 2017
Ok. Meet at park entrance mackenzie Street bottom of Blue Metal Road?
petersan wrote:
   2 May 2017
Yes, that's fine.
   2 May 2017
Hey Peter, I don't suppose you also feel like doing up a new larger cage for our precious single known location of Duiris dendrobiodes if you are getting some gear from Waltraud? The current cage has been there for like 3 years and the plant has outgrown it and the cage and stakes are way too close and damaging the ground very close to the plant... The cage also regularly blows away and rips out of the ground - I can send you the location if that's helpful, only thing is it's a tricky little single plant to find. Cheers Aaron.
petersan wrote:
   2 May 2017
Aaron, I would be more than happy to do this but could I check the site first to see what needs to be done then get the material from Waltraud to set up a new cage. I don’t know where the Diuris cage is so maybe you could send the coordinates.
You would be aware there are a number of cages near the upper dam that also seem fairly knocked about and even overgrown and could be repaired a bit depending on what is under them and whether it can be done without damaging the protected species. I don’t know if these are checked every year?
I meet Waltraud tomorrow morning. Peter
waltraud wrote:
   2 May 2017
The cages at the dams are installed by CPR I think and unfortunately they seemed not to be checked. The Majura twin dams are the play ground of the local Hackett Blue Gum School and the cages seemed to be kicked around quite a bit ....
I'm happy to provide wire mesh guards for orchid protection. However since I have only hard wood stakes extra care is required to not damage the orchids when the stakes are hammered in. If the orchid is dormant/not visible I suggest to wait.
   2 May 2017
Waltraud, do we need to buy a bag of like metal tent pegs or something? They seem much better for this kind of thing as they can penetrate the really hard ground?
waltraud wrote:
   3 May 2017
Aaron,
I have plenty of u-shaped steel pegs, 15cm long, 3cm wide sharply pointed on both ends. We could use dismantled i.e. flattened wire mesh guards / chicken wire to form a protective tent / canopy over the orchids and fix the wire mesh with the steel pegs.

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Location information

Species information

  • Sensitive
  • Rare or uncommon Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 4 Abundance
  • 30 Apr 2017 10:20 AM Recorded on
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