For the record I went looking for two groups of Leek Orchids which Alan Stephenson has reported in previous years, but has not seen himself, in modern times. There has been a lot of disturbance in the Nowra area. I looked, (because I had promised Alan that I would), but found no Leek Orchids. But I found heaps of regular Orchids.
Heaps of them.
Photos follow, with names, but little commentary.
|Thelymitra ixioides (without spots)|
|A non-Orchid, folks.|
And yes, I did check the fibres along the edge of the leaf blade.
|Another Thelymitra ixioides without spots|
|This is a pale mauve form of Thel ixioides|
|Thelymitra ixioides - with spots|
|A better photo of one without spots.|
|Sarcochilus falcatus on Cambewarra Mountain|
|Petalochilus alatus (from Bamerang, off Yalwal Rd)|
|Petalochilus hillmanii (from above)|
|Speculantha vernalis (Flat Rock Crk)|
Formerly Dendrobium speciosum
But this is the "tree form"
Take my word for it.
I couldn't get any better image.
10 metres above my head,
under a Rainforest tree shade.