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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Better views of new Orchids (for me)

I know I sound like a train spotter, but it is always good to find 5 Orchid species one has never seen before - all on the one weekend. The Central West of NSW is going off at present - well, at least the rocky bits.

The non-rocky bits are mostly being farmed very intensively, with canola fields of golden yellow and wheat crops of dark green just about everywhere from Young to West Wyalong, and back to Temora, Grenfell and Cowra.


Weddin Mountains seen across a field of Canola.

And for the Nature Lovers
A very find Swamp Wallaby
a big male, on Weddin Mountains trail.
At West Wyalong this paddock is not being cultivated.
But it is full of colour.
Low clumping wattle bushes.
Not yet sure of the species.
Very beautiful though.
An amazing weekend away.

Here are the new species and several nice ones, but not exactly "new" to me - with better images than on the Picasa site. That's simply a question of available time. 

Bunochilus macrosepalus
Broad-sepalled Leafy Greenhood
at Conimbla National Park
side view of Bunochilus macrosepalus
Broad-sepalled Leafy Greenhood

Bunochilus macrosepalus
Broad-sepalled Leafy Greenhood
with labellum in closed (triggered) position

Bunochilus macrosepalus
Broad-sepalled Leafy Greenhood
Close-up of labellum.
Very different in details from
my regular local plant Bun. longifolius

Bunochilus stenosepalus
Narrow-sepalled Leafy Greenhood.
Green labellum
Very narrow lateral sepals
(that is the flap below the labellum)


Side view of Bunochilus stenosepalus
Narrow-sepalled Leafy Greenhood.
Green labellum
Bunochilus stenosepalus
Narrow-sepalled Leafy Greenhood.
Close-up of green labellum
Diuris goonooensis
Western Doubletailed Orchid
A very variable species
This one has much red on the labellum
and lacks the wide lateral lobes either side of the labellum
Compare with the next two examples.
Diuris goonooensis
Western Doubletailed Orchid
A very variable species
This one has very  wide lateral lobes
either side of the labellum

Diuris goonooensis
Western Doubletailed Orchid
A very variable species
This one has neat lateral lobes
either side of the labellum

Diuris goonooensis
Western Doubletailed Orchid
A very variable species
Seen from the side, to show the crossed "legs"
(They are "Lateral Sepals" technically)

Cyanicula caerulea
"Blue Fingers"
Cyanicula caerulea
"Blue Fingers"
Side view of this lovely Orchid.
There were hundreds of them at Holy Camp trail
Weddin Mountains

Hymenochilus muticus
one of several species of Midget Greenhood
These were growing on a dry mullock heap
on exposed gravel in an abandoned gold mine.
They were a mere 100 mm (4 inches) high.
It is related to Hymenochilus bicolor
which grows in very different country, at Albion Park.
Linguella clavigera
Hairy Snail Orchid
This tiny Greenhood was also growing
on the old gold diggings>
But I also saw it at Weddin Mtns, Conimbla
and between Cowra and Crookwell (at Bigga)


A terrible photo,
but it was the only Spider Orchid I found
Possibly Arachnorchis phaeoclavia











6 comments:

mick said...

Beautiful scenery and even more beautiful orchids - what more could you want!

Denis Wilson said...

Thanks Mick
What more could one want? - Sleep!
A very long trip, unfortunately.
Trying to fit in too much on one trip is like that.
Glad you liked the Orchids.
Denis

Tony Rodgers said...

Great photos Denis - I particularly like the tiny caerulea. Definitely worth going back in 2/3 weeks to see the next lot of orchids...

Denis Wilson said...

Thanks Tony
Very kind comments.
If you are available possible we could organise a joint trip?
Lets talk via email.
Your directions/advice was really good. Thanks - I was tickled pink to find the green lipped Bunochilus - clearly the last of its type. The broad-sepalled ones were much taller, fresher, etc.

Denis

Mac_fromAustralia said...

I actually quite like that "terrible photo" of the Spider Orchid.

Denis Wilson said...

Thanks Mac.
You are not alone- others have also told me they like it.
Too kind.
Denis