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Sunday flora

At last, the terrestrial Hyacinth Orchids are beginning to flower.

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Dipodium flowering
The Dipodium have been growing slowly over the past several weeks. Now the flowers are beginning to emerge (those that haven’t been nipped off by rabbits or hares).

Single petalled Hybanthus
There are many more “Lady’s Slipper” violets, the Hybanthus monopetalus, than in previous years. Whether this is due to climatic conditions, or just less predators (cattle or whatever), I know not.

Dipodium flowering 2
Now that this green-stalked hyacinth orchid is beginning to flower, it might be easier to identify. I now think it may be Dipodium pulchellum rather than the Dipodium variegatum which I had previously identified it as.

Funghi on dead tree branch
Funghi growing on a dead tree branch that’s lying on the ground. Not difficult to miss given the bright orange colour.

One Comment

  1. John Richards says:

    Hi Gordon,
    I stumbled on your site tonigt almost by mistake, but am glad I did. I have an interest in native orchids and photography so I find your site very interesting. I publish the Horsham Victoria Orchid Society Bulletin and do an article on Terrestrial Orchids that at are flowering in the Wimmera at the time of publication. It becomes a challenge to print photos that are clear enough for identification purposes. I was in your area Cathedral Rock last week and photographed some Dipodium punctatum and maybe Dipodium roseum. I did photograph a Dipodium variegatum near Coffs Harbour, it has spots on the pedicel. For a real challenge there is a Genoplesium and Eriochilus cucullatus (Parsons Bands) flowering at the moment at Cathedral Rock. I could give you location details on these if you would like them.
    John R

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