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Native Orchids in Belair National Park

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by Audrey (subscribe)
I am a writer living in Adelaide. I love food and travel.
Published August 29th 2017
To search for and admire native orchids
Did you know that Belair National Park is home to a variety of native orchids? They bloom in the park between the months of April and November. Last Sunday I had the privilege of going on a two-hour guided nature walk to learn more about them. The walk was organised by Friends of Belair National Park.

Native orchids are Australian orchid plants that grow naturally. A biological survey carried out by the Department for Environment and Heritage found that there are at least 45 different species of native orchids growing in Belair National Park. This is significant and hence worthy of some attention. Here's a couple of them.

The blue beard orchid is an orchid with a single narrow hairy leaf at the base and a single blue flower on the stem. Its labellum is fringed and has many stalked calluses, giving the plant its name 'blue beard'.

blue beard orchid
Blue beard orchid

The slaty helmet orchid is a short-stem orchid with a single dark purple flower resting on green egg-shaped or heart-shaped leaf.

slaty helmet orchid
Slaty helmet orchid

The leafy greenhood is an orchid with large leaves and a single white, green and brown striped flower. Unfortunately it has been listed as nationally vulnerable as its numbers decline each year.

leafy greenhood
Leafy greenhood

So, when you get the chance, do head out to Belair National Park to search for and admire these special little native orchids. I think you've got to see them to believe them.
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Why? To search for and admire native orchids
When: Between April and November
Phone: 8178 0688
Where: Belair National Park, Belair, SA
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