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Weather Forecast

Poorneet Tadpole Season [Sep-Oct]

Temperatures are rising but the rain continues. Pied Currawongs call loudly and often.

Flax-lilies are flowering.

The flowering of plants such as Myrnong, (Yam Daisy), indicates the tubers are ready for eating.

Bulen-bulen (Superb Lyrebird) males have finished displaying.

Days and nights are of equal length.

Seven Seasons of the Kulin People

Artist - Karina H McInnes
Source - Museum Victoria

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Cape Paterson Orchids

Many species of orchids are found in our Foreshore Reserve, although most are quite small and so can be difficult to locate. Some of these species are described below, so why don't you try to find them during their flowering season?


Pink Fairies

Caladenia latifolia

Spring flowering orchid with a single soft hairy leaf.

Size up to 40cm with up to 4 pink flowers.


Cinnamon Bells

Gastrodia sesamoides

Spring-summer flowering orchids with no leaf.

Size up to 50cm with a bent tip and up to 20 fawn bell-shaped flowers edged in white.


Donkey Orchid

Diuris orientis

Spring flowering orchid that leaves a grassy clump.

Size up to 45cm with 1 to 8 yellow flowers, sometimes splotched with maroon.



Pyrorchis nigricans

Spring flowering with a thick heart-shaped leaf.

Size up to 25cm with 2 to 10 red-striped flowers.

Goes black when flower dies but tuber remains alive.


Small Helmet-Orchid

Corybas unguiculatus

Winter flowering with single heart-shaped leaf on the ground.

Size less than 15cm witha single deep maroon helmet- shaped, downward facing flower.


Tall Leek-Orchid

Prasophyllum elatum

Spring flowering with long green “leek-like” leaves.

Size up to 150cm with up to 60 pale green flowers with yellow, brown or black markings, and a white frill.


Orchid line drawings by Terri Gitsham Allen



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Membership is open to "residents of Cape Paterson or ratepayers of the Bass Coast Shire owning property in Cape Paterson" (Constitution §4.3).

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