Sunday, November 2, 2014

Molonglo Gorge

Today I was for the first time at Molonglo Gorge, a narrow valley near Queanbeyan. A few impressions:

It was a perfect day for walking - dry and not too hot.

Woody vegetation is dominated by Callitris conifers such as the one sticking out in the above picture, Eucalyptus (obviously) and a few miscellaneous shrubs, often Myrtaceae or Fabaceae. There do not appear to be many Proteaceae in this part of the country, and although the sign at the beginning of the path talked of Casuarina stands we did not really see those either. Maybe we didn't get that far, because...

We haven't seen the end of the path yet because we were too slow and decided to turn back before we got there. We spent too much time looking at plants and taking in the view and, in the case of our daughter, playing at the river's edge. Also, it has to be said that the path is not easy for a five year old.

The native Clematis (Ranunculaceae) this fruit is from grew at the beginning of the path. Clematis fruits are technically achenes because they are one-seeded, dry and indehiscent, but they have a long feathery tail for wind dispersal.

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