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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Orange-blossom Orchids in Robertson

The so-called Orange-blossom Orchid, (Sarcochilus falcatus) is flowering magnificently around Robertson at present.
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Mostly these plants prefer to grow on the Rock Felt Fern (Pyrrosia rupestris) which likes to grow on old, large Blackwood Wattles around Robertson.
Sarcochilus falcatus on a horizontal branch of a huge Blackwood

Sarcochilus falcatus - a lovely "posie" of flowers

Some of the best displays of these flowers are visible (out of reach, fortunately) around Robertson and Burrawang.

Sarcochilus falcatus
Here are some close-up photos of some flowers.
A spray of flowers of Sarcochilus falcatus

A close-up of Sarcochilus falcatus
Late this afternoon I went around the local area, to record where a number of plants are growing, which I had not known about previously. One can really only hope to find these plants when they are in flower.

I am please to say that there are more on my own local street than I knew about. Looking good!


Flabmeister said...

Looking magnificent!


Miss Eagle said...

I have never heard of such a critter - and I think it is is gorgeous. Wish I was in Robertson to see them. Could they be called a parasite?

And BTW that is one gorgeous peony at the top of the blog.

Denis Wilson said...

Thanks Martin
Yes, they do add another dimension to Orchid hunting. Usually out of reach, but I was granted access to a fallen tree, to get the close-up shots.

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Brigid
Glad you like the Tree Peony.
I do to.
The Orchids are "epiphytes", not parasites. Live upon, not live "from".
No drain on the host plant.
Simply using it for altitude, to get sunlight and fresh air.
They burrow their roots into the thick bed of ferns along the trunks and branches of the old Wattle Trees. The ferns are also epiphytes.
The ferns act like a sponge and hold water, allowing the Orchids to thrive.

Mummaroo said...

Exquisite Denis - would they be likely in our area (Southern Tablelands elevation 800 - 1000m)? Although I'm thinking they would need more of a rainforest environment?

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Mummaroo
Unfortunately, I think not.
I am familiar with the Mt Rae Forest, and have not seen any signs of them there.
They seem to like the thick coverings of Pyrrosia (Rock Felt Fern), and I haven't noticed that at Mark's place.