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Christmas orchids

It’s that time of the year when our Dipodium sp. indigenous terrestrial orchids begin to flower around the paddocks in the vicinity of eucalypts. The orchids pushed their way through the soil up to a month previously to appear as purple or green leafless, ‘asparagus’-like stalks. They take their time to flower after that.

Those in the photograph are possibly ‘Dipodium atropurpureum‘. I’ll get a better look at it after more flowers mature.

Side canyon

Chambers Gorge in the Flinders Ranges is well known for its aboriginal petroglyphs. It’s less well known, though, for this surprise canyon which can be found about an hour’s walk further along the gorge. The canyon narrows further along.