This plant is called the Ironbark Orchid (Tropilis aemula or Dendrobium aemulum) because it appears to have an obligate relationship*** with Ironbark Trees (Eucalyptus paniculata or Eucalyptus fibrosa). These trees are large Eucalypts with persistent, coarse fibrous bark.
Note the bud shape, thick stems and flat leaves.
In the Shoalhaven region, these Ironbark trees are relatively uncommon, and we only saw them in two locations some 40 Kms apart - interspersed with millions of other Eucalypts. When we found the second group of the Ironbarks, we got out and studied the trees for Ironbark Orchids, and there they were! Effectively this colony of Ironbark Orchids is an "island" within 160 Sq Kms of unsuitable host trees. How does that happen?
This plant has swollen base of the stems, as is clearly visible in this image.
It also has flattened leaves, which are roughly oval in shape, and are smooth and leathery. It is very different from yesterday's "Rat's tail Orchid" in both regards. That is part of the explanation of why this plant is now regarded by Jones and Clements as a different genus from the Dendrobiums. However, there is great similarity in flower shape.
Unfortunately, when I was there, none of the flowering plants were at low levels. In fact this Orchid is fond of growing quite high up, but there were some near ground level, just they were not in flower. This is as close as I could get. I need to go back again, now the lower plants should be open! One can discern the basic similarity to yesterday's flowers. The dorsal sepal is not as severely reflexed as yesterday's flower. The buds of both were quite similar (see top image, above).Here is a nice display of flowers growing on an Ironbark on a steep, rocky hillside. They were about 4 metres high.*** Obligate relationship: Symbiotic relationships - "obligate - i.e., necessary for the survival of at least one of the organisms involved".