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Adders Tongue at Mount Majura

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Ophioglossum lusitanicum at Mount Majura - 15 Aug 2016
Ophioglossum lusitanicum at Mount Majura - 15 Aug 2016

Identification history

Fern / Clubmoss Ophioglossum lusitanicum 9 Sep 2016 MichaelMulvaney
Unidentified 15 Aug 2016 petersan

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8 comments

wrote:
   15 Aug 2016
Not sure, the leaves look a bit like Eriochilus. In the second photo the leaves look more like Caladenia (Arachnorchis), but a bit too wide, and some of the other leaves also look orhidaceous. I think its worth keeping an eye on these sightings to see how they develop.
wrote:
   15 Aug 2016
I wonder if it might be the fern Ophioglossum rather than an orchid.
wrote:
   23 Aug 2016
I think we need to wait until it does something. Could well be an Ophioglossum.
wrote:
   24 Aug 2016
Peter can you please go back to this site in about two -three weeks and see whether it has put up a spike such as in sighting http://canberranaturemap.org/Community/Sightings/Details/26675 - we don't have many records of Adders Tongue so would appreciate the effort.
wrote:
   9 Sep 2016
Peter given that the plant appears to have been eaten and that an adders tongue was recorded nearby two weeks after this photo was taken. I will confirm it as Adders Tongue as it seems the most likely. Thanks for your efforts and posting.
wrote:
   9 Sep 2016
I was back there yesterday and although the original plants had gone, I located and photographed other examples nearby. I hope they survive as I will keep an eye on them. Interestingly in this area I previously photographed a number of Caledenia but yesterday could find only two - seem there is high attrition rate
wrote:
   9 Sep 2016
Unfortunately both, fern and Caladenia are heavily grazed; Mt Majura would look different if rabbits, hares and roos were managed to the point were natural regeneration could happen...
wrote:
   9 Sep 2016
This provides prima facie evidence of the damage being done by uncontrolled feral pests and roos. It could be the basis for a strong case for the government to act. One of the major benefits of CNM.

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Nearby Sightings

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Caladenia actensis (Canberra spider orchid) at Mount Majura - 17 Jun 2020 by petersan
Daphoenositta chrysoptera (Varied Sittella) at Mount Majura - 8 Jun 2020 by rawshorty
Pterostylidinae (greenhood alliance) (A greenhood) at Mount Majura - 3 Jun 2020 by petersan
Caladenia actensis (Canberra spider orchid) at Mount Majura - 3 Jul 2019 by petersan
Coracina novaehollandiae (Black-faced Cuckooshrike) at Mount Majura - 23 Oct 2017 by petersan
Pachycephala rufiventris (Rufous Whistler) at Mount Majura - 16 Mar 2017 by petersan
Diuris sulphurea (Tiger orchid) at Mount Majura - 4 Nov 2016 by petersan
Ophioglossum lusitanicum (Adders Tongue) at Mount Majura - 27 Sep 2016 by petersan
Caladenia actensis (Canberra spider orchid) at Mount Majura - 27 Sep 2016 by petersan
Ophioglossum lusitanicum (Adders Tongue) at Mount Majura - 15 Sep 2016 by petersan
Caladenia actensis (Canberra spider orchid) at Mount Majura - 12 Sep 2016 by petersan
Caladenia actensis (Canberra spider orchid) at Mount Majura - 11 Sep 2016 by petersan
Caladenia sp. at Mount Majura - 8 Sep 2016 by petersan
Ophioglossum lusitanicum subsp. coriaceum (Austral Adder's Tongue) at Mount Majura - 29 Aug 2016 by petersan
Caladenia sp. at Mount Majura - 15 Aug 2016 by petersan
Caladenia sp. at Mount Majura - 15 Aug 2016 by petersan
Caladenia sp. at Mount Majura - 12 Aug 2016 by petersan
Ajuga australis (Austral Bugloss) at Mount Majura - 5 Aug 2016 by petersan

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Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 - 3 Abundance
  • Less than 10cm Plant size
  • 15 Aug 2016 Recorded on
  • petersan Recorded by

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