Christmas Bells

Christmas Bells
Christmas Bells - Blandfordia nobilis

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Waterfall Orchids in full flower now.

This late summer season (if that's what it can be called) is looking like a good season, (if somewhat compressed in flowering time).  Other local Orchid enthusiasts confirm this impression. Nothing happening two weeks ago, and suddenly there is a "rush" of flowering.
Waterfall Greenhood (Diplodium pulchellum)

After a very dry season through until the end of January, followed by torrential rain, then another dry spell, followed by yet another torrential dump of rain, the summer Orchids now have to rush to get their flowers opened, pollinated, and their seed capsules ripened, while the warm weather lasts.
Waterfall Greenhood (Diplodium pulchellum)
Today, my friend Kirsten and I inspected the "Waterfall Greenhoods" (Diplodium pulchellum) at one of the local Waterfalls. There is one in particular plant which has a terrific flower, and easy to access.
Kisten photographing the Waterfall Orchid up close

The others closer to the river are also going off.

And lots of non-flowering rosettes are evident, which bodes well for this colony for next year too.
Rosettes (leaves of non-flowering plants)
bodes well for next year, too.

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