Orchid Colonies

Some Australian Terrestrial Orchids grow in colonies, and this year we are fortunate to have a couple of reasonably good-sized ones.

This is one of three good sized colonies of Blunt Greenhoods we have had growing in August and September.
Across the property we have many colonies of Nodding Greenhoods, with this one being the largest. I need to learn more about Nodding Greenhoods as each colony seems to have different sized plants… maybe there are sub-species?

After photographing the solitary Waxlip Orchid the other day, I thought I would try to find more Waxlip Orchids yesterday, but only found two more.  Last year we had so many of these.   I never did get around to posting photographs of groups of flowers on the blog last year, so with the theme being colonies, here is a flash-back to last Spring.  Much of the back part of our property looked like this in Spring 2013.   I’m hoping that the rest of the Waxlips  are just slow to emerge this year, and that I can update this post with photos taken in the next few weeks.

bush-floor-covered-with native-plants-including-purple-waxlip-orchids
This photograph was taken on 23 September 2013. At the moment there are no Waxlips growing in this area at all in 2014. I hope they are just late emerging.

6 thoughts on “Orchid Colonies

  1. What a lovely and inspirational blog you have! I moved onto an acreage in Central Victoria seven years ago and the more I learn about the remnant plants and animals the more I enjoy it. I’ve noted that terrestial orchids are slowly recolonising what used to be an eroded horse paddock, which is a pleasant surprise.

    1. Great to hear that the orchids are recolonising your horse paddock. Which species do you have? I find it fascinating to see where the grow – often in places I would least expect. The more I learn about them, the more fascinating they are. Thanks also for comments on my blog. I love communicating with people who share an interest in our native species and always get a kick out of finding a new one here. 🙂 Lisa

  2. Hi Lisa, sorry I didn’t get back to you earlier. I think I have pink fingers (Caladenia sp.), an onion orchid (Microtis sp.) and a sun orchid (Thelymitra sp.).

    I must admit I’ve been putting more effort into growing and identifying other plant groups to date such as grasses and small herbs.

    Incidentally it was the former owners who ran horses. The barren and eroded nature of one of the old horse paddocks has allowed orchids to withstand competition that wouldn’t be possible in the lower and more fertile paddocks.

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