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Orchid spotting @ Baluk Willem Reserve

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by Kathie Thomas (subscribe)
I'm a writer who lives in Australia. I also run a business as a Virtual Assistant and enjoy nature photography. You can find out more about me KathieThomas.com. If you enjoyed this article please subscribe.
Published June 27th 2013
Did you know there is a native orchid reserve in Belgrave South? I discovered it a couple of years ago when doing some research on the area that I had recently shifted to. I was delighted to find out about this small but interesting reserve that runs almost parallel with Courtneys Road. You could almost miss it.

I've learnt that Baluk Willam Nature Conservation Reserve is a sanctuary for over a third of Victoria's orchid species. That's amazing for such a small conservation area. Apparently you can see the Green-comb Spider Orchid in spring when they are in flower. And there are others such as the Cobra Greenhood and different helmet orchids which flower in autumn and winter and are considered to be at their best between June and August. Sounds like it's time I go there for a visit again.

There is a Friends of Baluk Willem Reserve and they meet on the 4th Saturday or every month, excepting December.

You can see a list of the orchids found there at Baluk Willam Orchid Species

When I went to visit, which was quite some time ago, I only found one orchid and I don't know the name. However, I did find some other interesting flowers.



One of the paths I walked. I recommend, at this time of year, that you have boots or good solid walking shoes to keep from slipping in any mud.

path at the orchid reserve
Orchid Reserve Path


Another interesting flower I found at the reserve. I'm not sure if this one is an orchid or something else. However, it has a distinct similarity.

yellow flower
Yellow Flower
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Where: Orchid Road, Belgrave South
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