Saturday, January 31, 2009
One of the rare Natives
This beautiful Geodorum densiflorum orchid one of the rare terrestrial orchids from tropical regions of Queensland and currently registered on plants threatened species list.
Its dormant in winter with bulbs half buried in the soil. It grows in open eucalypus forests displaying large leaves with long erect stem.
It flowers in January, with stem holding up to 20 pale pink flowers and as it matures, it nods, hence the orchid's common name - Pink Nodding Orchid.
This picture was taken by my friend who's active in Landcare, Coastcare and local bush regeneration groups. A small colony of these orchids was spotted and pictures were taken, then left them in the wild to grow and multiply for the future. What an absolute privilege to see this beautiful, rare plant growing in its native habitat!