About Mt Majura – Friends of Mount Majura
Jul 142014


FoMM have lodged a submission to the ACT Government’s ACT Offsets Policy and Delivery Framework – Position Paper.

The environmental offsets position paper has been prepared by the ACT Government to provide the community with an opportunity to provide comments on the proposed content of an ACT environmental offsets policy. Finalising a policy is a requirement for a one stop shop for environmental approvals.

The position paper includes:

  • the ACT environmental offsets policy and delivery framework and
  • offset requirements for Act listed species.

The FoMM submission is available here…

Sep 232011

Click on FoMM Flickr to join current available Groups and to view Mount Majura’s treasures.

How to share your photographs. You would need to have or to open a Flickr account, upload your photos to your photo-stream, join the appropriate FoMM “Group” and add the photograph from your photo-stream to this “Group”. Please contact admin@majura.org for help if you encounter problems.

Titles and tags. It would be great if you could title and tag your photograph. For instance if you have a picture of a wildflower put the scientific name followed by the common name in the title. The species list might be helpful or you could send the link of your picture to admin@majura.org for help. Possible tags are: Mount Majura , Mount Majura nature reserve , wildflower , forb , scientific name of species , common name of species. Tags can be short descriptions such as “lichen on rock”. Separate the tags with commas and space as in the above examples.

Sep 202011

View Mount Majura’s treasures and share your photographs.

Are you a keen photographer, interested in wildlife and happy to share Mount Majura’s highlights with the wider public? Then join the Friends of Mount Majura Flickr Groups of orchids, wildflowers, trees, grasses, lizards and mammals (including the Friends of Mount Majura).

How to share your photographs. Click here for hints and help.

A delicate orchid Cyanicula caerulea, Blue Fingers

FoMM Flickr Groups

Orchids of Mount Majura and Mount Ainslie:
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Dec 162010

If you know what to look for you will find hundreds of Common Onion Orchids (Microtis unifolia) currently flourishing on Mount Majura. This rather inconspicuous orchid grows in poorly drained sites and has been found growing in large colonies at seepage areas on the footslopes where degradation is limited.

The orchid has a single tubular about 30 cm long fleshy leaf and a flower stem of about the same size. The number of flowers in a spike varies. The tiny about 5mm long flowers are green with a dorsal hooded sepal and short lateral sepals.

Flowers of the Common Onion orchid Microtis unifolia (top) and a colony of onion orchids (photographs by W. Pix)

Dec 072010

Lobelia gibbosa var. gibbosa flower (Photo W. Pix)

Lobelia gibbosa var. gibbosa raceme (Photo W. Pix)

The latest addition to the Mount Majura species list is the uncommon Lobelia gibbosa var. gibbosa. This is the only species of the genus Lobelia recorded in the ACT. The species was discovered end of November 2010 at two locations  growing in open forest on rocky soil at the west slope of Mt Majura. The erect herb is about 40 cm tall and has many flowers borne on a central axis. The flowers are of a stunning deep blue colour and irregular shaped with three broad and spreading frontal petals and two reduced back petals.

Nov 082010

Hooked Rustyhood, Oligochaetochilus hamatus (Photo W.Pix)

The greenhood orchid Hooked Rustyhood,Oligochaetochilus hamatus syn. Pterostylis hamata was found on Mount Majura in recent days. This is the second orchid species of the genus discovered in the nature reserve (list of Mt Majura / Mt Ainslie plant species). The species is not common in the ACT. It occurs in dry open forest and flowers in spring.

The flowers are transparent with green and brown markings. As in all members of the greenhood orchids, the lateral petals meet the dorsal sepal to form a hood over the fused male and female parts of the orchid, called the column.

Hooked Rustyhood (Oligochaetochilus hamatus) flower (Photo W. Pix)

The dorsal sepal abruptly tapers into a fine long tip. The two lateral sepals are joined in their lower parts. Their free parts are tapering into long narrow hooked tails which give the orchid its common name. Their joined parts form a backdrop for a small labellum – the petal situated opposite the column that provides a landing platform for the insect pollinator. The labellum is of a reddish brown colour and has a few long hairs on its margin. It is attached to the base of the column by a sensitive claw. The slightest touch of a landing insect triggers an upward movement towards the column inside the hood.

Waltraud Pix
8 November 2010
Acknowledgment: Information from PlantNET – FloraOnline and from Tony Wood. Many thanks to Tony for the identification of the species.

Apr 052009


Bundy (Eucalyptus goniocalyx) buds and flowers

Eucalyptus goniocalyx


COMMON NAME Bundy, Long-leaved Box


FAMILY Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)


SPECIES NAMING Angled calyx (calyx: collective name of sepals, which form the outer whorl of flowers)


GROWTH HABIT Small, low branching tree to 15 m tall, with short trunk


BARK Grey-brown coarsely flaky box bark up to small branches, sometimes blocky and deeply fissured at base


LEAVES Adult leaves are stalked, alternate, lance-shaped to 24 cm long; juvenile leaves without stalks, opposite, heart-shaped and glaucous (covered with white coat which gives them a blue green appearance)


BUDS Umbel of 5-7 stalk-less and stout buds (umbel: flowers arising from a common point), flowers irregular from March to August


FRUITS Stalk-less barrel- or cup-shaped woody capsules (gum “nuts”) with flat top and slightly protruding valves


OCCURANCE  On shallow rocky soils of ridges and hills


WHERE TO SEE On the drain line close to the Hackett reservoir off Rivett / French Streets; along the fire trail east of the Majura paddocks, along the western part of Casuarina trail and along trail up to the summit; plantings at the old sheep camp Mount Maura ridge


NOTES Uncommon in the ACT; flowers provide excellent food source for nectar feeding birds including the endangered Swift Parrots, sugar gliders and insects; boobook owls and bats visit flowering bundy to hunt the moths that feed on nectar

Bundy by Waltraud Pix
Swift Parrot by Geoffrey Dabb