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29 November 2013

Terrestrial wonders


Moose Head Orchid
Walk around the bush land this time of year and you should come across this beautiful terrestrial orchid it comes out in November and December, this one requires a slightly damper environment and again comes from a single stem and a single leaf terminating in multiple flowers.

I found plenty of them on my walk today.

Sometimes called the cow orchid as well, you can see why from this photo.

Terrestrial” meaning they grow in the ground.

Please do not try to dig up these orchids thinking you can grow them at home, most Australian terrestrial orchids have a symbiotic relationship with a fungus in the ground, without which they do not survive.
So just look and admire and leave them to grow where they are.

Note: Orchids are protected in Australia, no part can be taken and heavy fines apply

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