We noticed this orchid growing in the bushland of Kings Park yesterday. It looks very similar to the Banded Greenhood Orchid that we featured earlier this month – except that the flowers have a brown/maroon colour instead of being mainly green.
It is a Coastal Banded Greenhood Orchid (Pterostylis sanguinea), which grows along the West Australian coast from about Geraldton to Albany. These orchids reportedly flower from June-Sept, though we have only seen them in the winter. They are not as common as the Banded Greenhood.
We saw our first orchids for this year, growing beside the bushland walking trails in Kings Park.
They are Banded Greenhood Orchids (Pterostylis vittata), which have a reported flowering season of May-Sept, though we have only ever seen them in Jun-July. They grow in undergrowth beneath the trees and are easily overlooked, since they are mainly green.
We went to see the exhibition “The Fabric of Wildflowers” at Council House in Perth a few days back. It features many familiar West Australian wildflowers made out of fabric by Thelma Knox during the second half of the 20th century.
The flowers above are Cowslip Orchids (Caldenia flava). You can see the real thing below, photographed in Kings Park earlier this year. They reportedly flower from July to December, but we have only ever seen them in late winter and early spring.
As well as the Cowslip Orchid and Common Donkey Orchid featured in the two previous blog entries, we have also seen some Pink Fairy Orchids (Caladenia latifolia) in Kings Park and Bold Park recently. These delicate looking orchids flower from August to October and are found around coastal areas of Western Australia, from about Geraldton to Esperance.
There are also Common Donkey Orchids (Diuris corymbosa) flowering in Kings Park at present. You’ll find them beside the raised nature walk.They are native to the southwest of Western Australia and flower in Sept-Oct.
We saw plenty of these pretty, yellow Cowslip Orchids (Caladenia flava) in Kings Park recently. They grow in the southwest of Western Australia, from about Shark Bay to Esperance, and reportedly flower from July to December.
We were walking along the Zamia Trail in Bold Park recently and stopped to admire these Winter Donkey Orchids (Diuris brumalis). They flower from June to August and add a splash of warmth and colour to a winter’s day. These native orchids grow north and south of Perth, but not over a very large area.