For those who are on the journey with me, here are some photographs of fully opened Helmet Orchids. I’m not completely sure, but I think I may have photographed two different species of Helmet Orchid. We certainly have the Slaty Helmet Orchid (Corybas incurvus) and looking at distinctions of colour, shape and curve, I think we may have a Veined Helmet Orchid (Corybas diemenicus) as well. The latter is still in the process of opening, so I am extremely curious to see if the clear coloured teeth curve outward instead of inward when fully open.
I won’t keep you in suspense any longer – here are the photographs:
14 thoughts on “Fully Open Helmet Orchids at last!”
They are very unique, and beautiful. 🙂
I’ve never seen these. How cool. I would like to see one in person some day. Can I use one of your photographs for a drawing? I’ll give you full credit and link your blog when I post it. If not that’s find I completely understand.
Thanks for asking about the photograph – yes, I grant permission for you to do this, and also, when it is posted. please let me know. I would love to see the drawing. Lisa
Awesome! Thank you so much! 🙂 I will let you know.
Fifteen Acres is a land of surprises. Lucky us that the residents are skilled investigators.
Thanks so much, Lisa! Another GREAT job! 🙂
Thanks Fabio. I was out there again today trying to work out if we have more than one species of Helmet Orchid. I feel sure that we have at least two, perhaps three, but I still can’t be sure. The flowers are so small I have to photograph them to work out which way they are facing, and then move to the correct position to capture the front. I have a feeling there will be at least one more post on Helmet Orchids if my luck holds out. 🙂 Lisa
Lisa, keep us updated on the tiny Helmet Orchids. As always, a great great job! Thanks much and enjoy your Sunday! 🙂 Fabio
Thanks Fabio. You too! 🙂
Hi Lisa, I’m very pleased to have found you on the web. I’m a keen orchid enthusiast too, with 40 acres of beautiful Dry Heathy Woodland in Scarsdale (just 15 minutes away from Dereel). I’ve been a member of the terrific Australasian Native Orchid Society (Victorian Group) for quite a few years, and the Field Naturalists Club of Ballarat for just over a year, which has lots of very knowledgeable members on the topic of local orchids, both of which I’d recommend to you. It can be so much easier to learn orchids and other plants in person than out of books! One of the 40+ orchids we have found on our block so far is the Veined Helmet Orchid, Corybas diemenicus (previously known as Corysanthes diemenicus), which is certainly the reddish fringed helmet orchid in a couple of your photos above. It is found in at least one reserve in Dereel and in Enfield State Park, Berringa. You’re very lucky to live in Dereel where you have so many orchid-rich reserves so close to home, and 15 acres of your own to cherish. Keep exploring!
Hi Emily – thanks for getting in touch. Yes, I must investigate the Australasian Native Orchid Society – it sounds like just the thing I need to help me work out some of the sub-species. I’ve been to the Field Nat’s meeting once and hope to become more involved with them. This year has been so busy I haven’t managed it yet. Your 40 acres sound great. On our species list, so far I have put 23 species of orchid on it, but I am sure I can take it to around 30 if I can identify the sub-species I’m yet to post. I’m glad you found me on the web as well. 🙂 Lisa
Again, such diversity in a species! Wonderful to get your descriptive narration.
Thank you! Yes, the Helmet Orchids are another species I need to resolve in terms of species, sub-species and variation within a species. 🙂 I’m looking forward to seeing them again too. 🙂