In July 2011, I came across this amazing colony of Corysanthes dieminica (Helmet orchids.) It was really exciting to find them, as I had not seen such a healthy colony before. The picture below of the field of flowers is one of my favorite shots.
There were so many flowers. It almost seemed that every plant that was up was flowering. The total patch would be at least one metre wide, and nearly a metre and a half long. It is sits between a path and a couple of Xanthorrhoea, under which there were a few flowers.
The whole patch in 2011
I find it interesting that all the flowers are facing one direction. In this case it is towards the south. Other smaller patches of Corysanthes diemenica have also faced mainly one direction, but not always to the south.
Another angle again in 2011
So after finding something as good as this, I had to come back the next year. In 2012, there weren’t nearly as many flowers or leaves up. The picture below shows the most dense section in 2012, which is nothing compared to 2011.
This year there weren’t many flowers either. Looking across the different pictures, it looks like there are more leaves up this year, with a couple of flowers. However, I did notice that there were more flowers under the Xanthorrhoea, than I could remember previously. I wonder what will happen next year.
The colouring of the helmet orchids are so beautiful. The flowers are also partially transparent, and this makes them stunning to look at when the sunlight comes through the flower!
There’s nothing like getting up nice and close
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