Thursday, June 9, 2011

Almost Ripe

Diplocyclos palmatus (Bryonopsis laciniosa)

These little native cucumbers were ripening out at Irongate Conservation Reserve, when I took this photo the weekend before last. If you want to see the bright red fruits in their full beauty, the coming few weeks will be a good time to go for a look.

This particular plant was a magnificent one, growing four metres high, and laden with fruit. It is just beside the path, so is easy to find.

Please remember that these cucumbers are ornamentals, not suitable for eating. They’d make you sick if you were so silly as to try them!!
For more about the species, see April 2008.
To get to Irongate Conservation Reserve:
Go to Mt Tyson, and head west out the main street. Near the property called Adora Downs the road makes a right-angled turn to the left (south). Follow this until it hits a T-intersection. Turn left, and in about 200 metres you see the Irongate Hall on the left. Turn right (south) almost immediately after that, and follow the road (which makes a bend to the left) for something like 3.5k until you come across the reserve on your right. Keep your eye out for the iron gate that marks the place.

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