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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Weddin Mountains and Conimbla National Parks

As with my post about the Birds of Charcoal Tank, yesterday, I am using a Photo Sharing site to display photos in an easily used form.
All photos are named, as best I can manage.
There are some explanatory notes in the Comments section below any photos I felt needed further details explained.

https://picasaweb.google.com/113268294402913437731/WeddinMtnsAndConimbla

These plants were found on the way back from West Wyalong to Robertson.
Firstly I went via Temora, and then tracked across towards Grenfell. The first spot I tried was interesting - with two species I had not seen before. This was a stony ridge beside the road. Turns out it was almost certainly an old gold mine. This area was about 20 km north-east from Temora, on the Grenfell road (from Temora). Harsh stony terrain, with a narrow band of Callitris pines beside a fence-line, on top of a low ridge.


I found the tiny Midget Greenhoods here. They were very small indeed. Small flowers on short stems about 100 mm high (about 4 inches) only.
 

Hymenochilus muticus
One of the so-called Midget Greenhoods

I also found the equally small Hairy Snail Orchid, which is now called Linguella clavigera

Linguella clavigera
Hairy Snail Orchid
That name is not recognised by PlantNET, but it is only one of many such deficiencies in their listings. It is in a group originally known as Pterostylis nana.The name is recognised and the plants photographed by my colleagues Colin and Mischa Rowan.

I then went to Weddin Mountains National Park, about 15 Km north-west from Grenfell. This is a link to the NPWS website for Weddin Mtns NP - notes on the geology.
http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/NationalParks/parkGeology.aspx?id=N0036
I went to Holy Camp Road car park, and started to walk up the hill towards Peregrine Lookout. I never got there, as I ran out of time, energy and battery power in my camera flash (not necessarily in that order). I did manage to find one of the group of  "Green Comb Spider Orchids" (as described by David Jones. The name is not definite, but it is possibly Arachnorchis phaeoclavia, but Ar. tentaculata is another possibility. I hope to get back there in a few weeks, to find more of these plants in flower, and to check out the plants in fine detail, and to take decent photographs. I wish to thank Tony Rodgers for telling me where to go and look for these plants.
Arachnorchis phaeoclavia (possibly)
one of the so-called Green-comb Spider Orchids

The next morning, still acting on Tony's recommendations, I went to Conimbla National Park, looking for more Orchids.
 
Conimbla National Park - vegetation notes.
http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/NationalParks/parkVegetation.aspx?id=N0053
I managed to find two different Leafy Greenhoods - relatives of my local Bunochilus longifolius. But one had a very broad set of lateral sepals - the flaps which hang below the protruding labellum. The other, by contrast, had a extremely narrow lateral sepals and a green labellum. I have not seen either species previously.

One Orchid which I found in all three of these localities is the Western Doubletail Orchid, Diuris goonooensis.

Anyway, if you don't mind using the Photo Album system, for large numbers of photos such as these, I think this system works best for the reader/viewer. However, I will revert to normal blogging format in the near future. 
Once again, here is the link to today's album of Orchids and several other non-Orchids.
https://picasaweb.google.com/113268294402913437731/WeddinMtnsAndConimbla

3 comments:

Flabmeister said...

I can't let a collection of photos like that go by without saying well done!

I am coming to the view that Carwoola is a Ngunnawal word meaning "place where orchids are late coming to flower"!

Denis Wilson said...

Don't abandon hope.
Seasons are more gentle out west.
I have a friend near Crookwell, on top of the range there - who's Orchids don't appear till late November.
Altitude does that.
Cheers
Denis

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