First I went to the Bert Boardman Picnic Reserve at Steiglitz, because the walking track behind it is usually interesting, and then to near the intersection of Switch Road and Ballan Road. The wattles were looking spectacular, Acacia pycnantha in particular, and there were several other interesting plants that I'll post about later but of course the orchids were flowering and they do tend to hog the limelight.
Cyanicula (Caladenia) caerulea Blue Fingers
|Pterostylis nana Dwarf Greenhood|
Acianthus caudatus Mayfly Orchid
Nodding Greenhood Pterostylus nutans
|Cyrtostylis reniformis Small Gnat Orchid|
The Small Gnat Orchids and Mayfly Orchids were prolific but very hard to see. It's easier to look for the leaves and then the flowers.
I was very pleased to find one orchid in particular. I thought at first it was a Tall Greenhood but on closer inspection it was an Emerald-lip Greenhood. Apparently smaragdyna means emerald-lip in Ancient Greek and refers to the colour of the labellum.
|Emerald-lip Greenhood Pterostylis smaragdyna|