Alan Stephenson sent me a message that a friend of his had pulled their car off the road, on the way back form Moss Vale to Nowra and found some red Greenhood Orchids. Alan identified them as Diplodium coccinum. More to the point, he wanted to know where these plants were, exactly, as these plants are not often seen, and were not known to grow in that area.
I got a message (several actually) suggesting that they were along what is known locally as the Nowra Road, west from Fitzroy Falls. There was a distinctive letterbox nearby.
Armed with that information, it took no time at all to find the plants, once I had driven to the right place.
|Scarlet Greenhood - Diplodium coccinum|
A good example of Orchids growing where they love to grow.
|two flowers amongst the grass.|
|Another nice specimen|
|In deep shade under the pine trees|
there were many plants of Acianthus exsertus
One surprise for me was to find this small "Coastal Greenhood" Diplodium alveatum
|Diplodium alveatum |
is similar to Diplodium obtusum
The labellum is clearly visible and dark
it has a strongly rolled edge to the "sinus".
|Diplodium coccinum leaf rosettes amongst thistle weeds.|
These rosettes had large leaves,
and were quite plastic-looking,
with a deep vein along the mid-line.