Marriots Falls walk

It was a busy and tiring week and I needed some fresh air. We (my partner and I) therefore made an almost impromtu decision to make a trip down to Marriots Falls this weekend Saturday. I had been on the track once during the Australasian Bryophyte Workshop in 2007 but I never got to the falls, distracted by all the bryophytes along the trail.

This time I was determined to get to the falls. I had an ulterior motive though…

Castanoclobos julaceus

Castanoclobos julaceus, as photographed from a collection during the 2007 Australasian Bryological Workshop

During the bryophyte workshop, someone had collected an interesting liverwort, Castanoclobos julaceus. This liverwort from the family Trichocoleaceae is interesting because it is a rare plant in New Zealand and was originally known only from New Zealand. There are however a number of older collections from Tasmania which were not verified until recently. Interestingly, this liverwort appears to be more in Tasmania than in New Zealand. Still, it is by no means very common here. I wanted to meet it and photograph it in situ. I had previously only seen and photographed it from a fresh collection under the kind permission of the collector during the bryophyte workshop.

The track was much wetter than I remembered, possibly because of the recent rains. I managed to hold off the urge to look at bryophytes but this time it was the numerous fungi that slowed us down.


Coral fungus

Yellow mushroom

Gregarious cap fungus

There were just so many of them I simply could not photograph everything. Also I’ve really got to get a copy of Bruce Fuhrer’s toadstood guide. Seeing all those lovely toadstoods without a name to mind was driving me nuts.

Marriotts Falls, Tyenna, Tasmania

I digress.

After numerous stops photographing toadstools (and some bryophytes) we finally reached the fall. It was spectacular. The water volume was so tremendous we had to take a photo from a distance to prevent the mist from getting onto our lenses.

Then after getting over my awe of the spectacular sight I hunted around for my quarry, the Castanoclobos. It was to no avail. I simply couldn’t find it, large and showy as the species is. Maybe it was hidden behind the curtain of water. That was a major disappointment.

We had to leave before the sky got dim. We were wet and our clothes were soiled by the end of it all but the walk was nonetheless a wonderful one.

About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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