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Native Orchids found flowering on Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge

Also called the Parrot’s Beak Orchid. This terrestrial herb species is common in moist areas of dry sclerophyll forest, wet sclerophyll forest and coastal scrub. Flowering  June to September from a leafless stem usually 15-20cm and sometimes found in dense colonies. A new species for the Conservation Area.

I.D. and reference courtesy of Denis Wilson.

Nodding Greenhood Pterostylis nutans

Found flowering during a plant survey in the Conservation Area today.

I.D. courtesy of John Edwards.

(Ex- Caledenia quadrifaria)  Found in the Conservation Area on Sunday during the Festival of Nature guided walk.

I.D. courtesy of John Edwards.



Found as a single specimen, this native, terrestrial herb seen flowering for the first time at Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge today. These orchids generally grow in poorer schlerophyll forests and heath. Although widespread are only recorded at higher altitudes in northern New South Wales ? Pollination is by small, native bees and possibly some beetles and fly.

I.D. courtesy of Denis Wilson.

Snake orchid found growing on top of a dead tree trunk at 4 metres in the riparian zone at Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge.

A late posting to go alongside the Blue and Pink Finger orchids. White Fingers is a tiny winter flowering ground orchid. A common winter flower across the drier Schlerophyl  forest and is 24mm wide.

A tiny ground orchid which flowers late winter on Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge. It can be distinguished from White Fingers (Caladenia catenata) by the red stripes on it’s labellum. Pink Fingers has edible tubers which are watery and sweetish.

Common but regionally significant species the Cymbidium suave seen flowering today at Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge. An epiphytic orchid which has tiny crisp green flowers, 1.5cm across, with dark red lip. Spikes are pendulous with up to 30 flowers on each. This plant has over 200 flowers  and lives at 4metres in a dead tree.

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Reference;  Gardeners’ Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers.

A tiny winter flowering ground orchid seen flowering today on Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge.