A BLOG ABOUT THE NATURE OF ROBERTSON, NSW, AUSTRALIA
ABOUT THINGS WHICH GROW HERE, NATURALLY; SOME OF MY SPECIAL INTERESTS - NATIVE PLANTS AND INSECTS, AND CULTIVARS OF PEONIES AND ROSES WHICH I GROW.
AND ABOUT LIFE IN ROBERTSON, TOO.
Christmas Bells - Blandfordia nobilis
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Eriochilus cucullatus - by way of comparison
This is the amusing little Orchid known as Parson's Bands or "Bunnies Ears". Officially known as Eriochilus cucullatus. It is one of the most common of the late summer Orchids in this region (in truth it might be found from February onwards, into April).
It is relatively common in the Southern Highlands, with a distinct preference for shallow sandy soil, or moss beds over rock shelves. It likes to grow in fully exposed places. Around Robertson it grows in the drier parts of Tourist Road. It also is very common on the moss beds covering the rock faces on the top of Mt Gibraltar ("The Gib").
I have written about this species, and its quaint clerical name, previously. In fact when I did, I commented that one day I hoped to see the related species Eriochilus petricola. That wish was fulfilled in yesterday's Blog posting. It has taken me two years to find that species.