There are orchids to be found in bloom throughout the year, but spring seems to be a particularly good time.

From the possibly tiniest flower (1-1.5mm),

(Green Caterpillar Orchid, Phreatia crassiuscula)

to our most spectacular

Oak Orchid, Dendrobium jonesii
(Oak Orchid, Dendrobium jonesii),

orchids are to be found in many places.

Since our last orchid blog a year ago, we added a few more species to our property’s list:

Cupped Strand Orchid, Bulbophyllum newportii
Cupped Strand Orchid, B. newportii  and

Tree Spider Orchid, Dendrobium tetragonum, by Julia Sumerling

(Dendrobium tetragonum by Julia Sumerling)

Visiting nature photographer Julia Sumerling introduced me to seeing the natural world in a new light: Many birds and insects can see in the UV spectrum, and Julia patiently took this image under UV light with an elaborate set-up:

Tree Spider Orchid in UV light, by Julia Sumerling


daylight                                                                                         UV light

(Tree Spider Orchid, Dendrobium tetragonum by Julia Sumerling)

I was hooked, and bought a small UV torch. Lichen, especially, change their appearance dramatically: these images were taken by our friend Manfred Schoeler:

daylight                                                                                      UV light

daylight                                                                                               UV light

A walk through a nearby forest revealed more flowering orchid species. New to us was this Creeping Brittle Orchid.

(Creeping Brittle Orchid, Bulbophyllum evasum)

It seems to be a good year for orchids: many species are flowering abundantly, in the dry Herberton Hills as well as in the rainforest.

(Leafy Hyacinth Orchid, Dipodium ensifolium, by Manfred Schoeler)

For a few more orchid images from our property, check out our orchid gallery on the flora page.

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