The orchid season has started – well actually it started last month. I’m a bit late sharing these pictures with you, but they were taken on the 29th of March.
One of the first orchids to flower is Corunastylis sp. Adelaide Hills. It has such tiny flowers with the whole plant often being less than 10 cm high. This does make it quite challenging to photograph, but they are still very delightful plants.
From the picture you above, there is a small fly sitting on the top flower. This is most likely the pollinator. On a warm day there will be plenty of these little flies buzzing around the orchids. This species does have quite a range of colour varieties. Below is a yellow form.
Another species that is flowering at the moment is Eriochilus cucullatus. This is also a very small orchid with the flower not being much larger than a thumb nail.
As we move into winter we will start to see more of the greenhoods in flower.
It is the beginning of autumn, and that means the orchids will start appearing again. True there were a few flowering over summer, but about now we begin to see the leaves of the winter flowering species and some spring flowering orchids, and occasionally we might find a few autumn flowering species.
So today, I’m going to give you a sample of some of the orchids you could find, each month, during this coming year.