Couple Of Fieldtrips


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PART 1

Spring has now arrived and the tuberous Drosera are beginning to hit their peak. In the last couple of weeks I've made a couple of very short trips to local areas with my kids.

Firstly, the Brisbane Ranges National Park. A favourite area of mine for tuberous Drosera and terrestrial orchids.

It was a nice sunny day and the massive colonies of Drosera whittakerii ssp. aberrans were flowering. Sorry, a few shots are a little over-exposed.

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Drosera macrantha ssp. planchonii

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The Drosera auriculata that grow here are a paler green than those of more inland and montane areas.

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Drosera peltata var. peltata. The form from here commonly branches from the base.

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and a few little ground orchids for those who are interested-

Cyanicula caerulea (Caladenia caerulea)-

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Taurantha concinna (Pterostylis concinna)-

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Linguella nana (Pterostylis nana)-

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PART 2

The second trip was a tiny flora reserve well known for its incredible diversity of terrestrial orchids. Fortunately it is also home to a number of Drosera species. Only Drosera auriculata was present in any abundance though.

D. auriculata

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and the rest orchids-

Diplodium grandiflora (Pterostylis grandiflora)

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Bunochilus melagrammus (Pterostylis melagramma)

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Pterostylis nutans

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I do hope you're not posting a Part 3. Think of us here drooling in autumnal UK for goodness sake. Do you take in lodgers ? :dry:

Sorry but parts 3 & 4 will occur this Saturday. :hi:

Your kids probably don't know how spoiled they are. :hi:

No, not yet. But I'm doing my best to drum it into them.

So when do you plan to go on extended walkabout in Northern Oz & share your experiences w/ us?

I'm working on it Ron. With a third child due to arrive any tick of the clock means I'll have to wait a few years yet unfortunately. But believe me, it will happen.

I like this Linguella nana, is a orchid?

Yes. A very small type of greenhood orchid. They can be commonly found growing in large colonies.

Thanks for the nice comments everybody!

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