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Chocolate Lilies (Arthropodium strictum) at Bababi Djinanang native grassland Fawkner

"Flowers smells like chocolate or vanilla. The numerous tubers were a source of food for aboriginal peoples. They have a faintly carrot like flavour. " Information from the Indigenous Flora and Fauna Assocation wiki on Arthropodium strictum or here.


I used my 55-200mm lens with a 25mm extension tube, manual focus


Bababi Djinanang is a native grassland reserve in Fawkner, near the end of Jukes Road and Merri Creek. The site is fenced but is accessible to walkers. The native grasslands is an imporatant ecosystem which once stretched for hundreds of miles across the basaltic plains west of Melbourne. With development only about 1% of these grasslands are left in small pockets which harbour an important diversity of native flora and fauna species. More information on the grasslands of the merri Creek catchment from the Merri Creek Management Committee. See also the Canberra based Friends of Grasslands

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Taken on November 11, 2011