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Introducing some of Australia's native orchids.


By bernieh


After purchasing my first native orchid this year, I’ve been doing a bit or research on the topic, and I thought I would share a little bit of information.

We have over 100 genera of orchids growing here in Australia with around 800 different species. They can be divided into epiphytes – the tree growers and the rock growers – and then there are the terrestrial orchids – the ground dwellers.

The terrestrial orchids far outnumber the epiphytes. The poor old epiphytes only make up around one-quarter of our native orchids – and they mostly grow across northern Australia.

In this blog I’m going to show a few of the epiphytes – they’re regarded as the easiest to grow and it is the Dendrobiums that most consider the best of the epiphytes.

This one is Dendrobium speciosum var. curvicaule – just beautiful with its pure white flowers. This variety is found up in the rainforest areas north of where I live.

Now for a beautiful natural hybrid – Dendrobium x delicatum var. kestevenii

Here is Dendrobium falcorostrum – which occurs almost exclusively on the beech trees in Lamington National Park, New South Wales.

Next is Dendrobium kingianum – often called the pink rock orchid

This next beauty is Dendrobium ‘Bardo Rose’ – a deliberate cross between D.falcorostrum and D.kingianum and it was one of the earliest registered hybrids between Australian Dendrobium species.

Dendrobium monophyllum – grows in large clumps on trees in rainforests and rainforest verges and rocks in open forests.

This is Dendrobium linguiforme – often referred to as the Tongue Orchid because of its wrinkled tongue-like leaf. This one is a native of my state and grows along the eastern coast.

Now to move away from the Dendros – here is the humidity loving Sarcochilus hartmannii

Now the Sarcochilus ceciliae – usually grows on rocks in creeks and gullies around Brisbane here in my home state.

This is Sarcochilus hillii – which grows on twigs, branches and trunks of trees in open forest around Brisbane. It’s quite similar to Sarcochilus ceciliae.

Onto Sarcochilus spathulatus – which grows in rainforests around Brisbane on trunks and branches of trees.

Hope you enjoyed this quick glimpse at some of our natives.
(All photos used are copyright free and free to share).

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Wow! what Beautys thanx 4 sharing Bernieh :)

10 Nov, 2009


An interesting blog on beautiful plants :~))

10 Nov, 2009


Lovely photos thank you

10 Nov, 2009


very nice Bernieh........

10 Nov, 2009


Oooohhh ---- I'm drooling over these beautiful orchids, Bernie! Fancy seeing them for real in their native habitat! :-))))

10 Nov, 2009


Sprintz thats just what I was going to say " I'm drooling" !!! they are fabulous and its wonderful to see them in their natural habitat....thank you so much Bernieh......More please!!!!:))))

10 Nov, 2009


Oh wow - very impressed - gradually coming to love these plants and even better to see them in the way they are meant to be! Thank you

10 Nov, 2009


Thanks for sharing them with us, they are so lovely, brill blog.

10 Nov, 2009


Beautiful and wonderful. These are so interesting. Thanks for showing them.

10 Nov, 2009


Thanks for sharing those wonderful photos with us Bernieh , they are so interesting ... I would love to see them growing wild like that ..........

10 Nov, 2009



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10 Nov, 2009


Wonderful blog Bernieh

11 Nov, 2009


Great blog. lovely to see these fantastic orchids growing wild.

11 Nov, 2009


These are the most fantastic flowers! All these plants like fairly humid places but I saw one once in Spain, in the centre of the peninsula, that looked for all the world like a black bumble bee! Fantastic flower & the imitation was breath taking! One of the things about it that most impressed me was that it was growing out in the open & sublect to the scorching summer sun & in the driest of places imiginable!

The place was close to the river but the actual spot was open grass & very hot & dry. It was probably in August.

Great blog once again Bernieh. :-)

24 Nov, 2009


Thanks Balcony - I find these little plants so intriguing. They grow in the strangest of places and are so beautiful .... but usually so small that you might walk past them and not notice them at all. The flower you talk about sounds interesting ... and you wonder how it survives! Just amazing.

24 Nov, 2009


our native orchids are so beautiful.. great photos, thank you x

28 Sep, 2011

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