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!


  1. Any orchid is rare or endangered in my home. I've got one that hasn't flowered since Christmas 2007. Lovely blog.

  2. That is quite large for an orchid, at least the leaves are. As gardeness said, orchids are endangered, well, actually in my house, they're 'extinct'!!! Perhaps one day...

    I admire you for you focus and commitment to discuss new orchids regularly and share so much about them.

  3. Thank you all for checking out this beautiful, rare Native

  4. Finaly, some one who knows what this plant is. I am very interested in photography and while doing the rounds of my property i have found a group of 'Geodorum densiflorum'growing wild, there are about 20 or so.
    I'm glad i stumbled across your post.
    If you would like to know more or get some pictures, you can email me at

    David Grieger
    Gympie, QLD

  5. I live in North Queensland and have recently found three clusters of nodding pink orchids (in two different locations), I only knew what it was because it was in flower, but I was a bit unsure because I read that it only flowers in January and it is the month of May at the moment. I wonder if it has something to do with the weather.