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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'.