Monday, 21 October 2013

Some Otway orchids

We walked about 200 metres along a track in the forest north of Anglesea on Victoria's south coast but it took a while because we found a few orchids flowering, about ten species in all. Am I repeating myself when I say this area is a marvellous floristic treasure?

Eastern Bronze Caladenia Caladenia transitoria
Large Duck Orchid Caleana major
Plain Fingers Caladenia sp. aff. vulgaris
Spotted Sun Orchid Thelymitra ixioides
Slender Sun Orchid Thelymitra pauciflora
Salmon Sun Orchid Thelymitra rubra
We also saw two species of bearded greenhoods, Pink Fingers and the small duck orchid Caleana minor as well as leaves of several other species. A friend was along the same track a month ago and saw an entirely different suite of orchids and other plants flowering.