Helmet-orchid Colony

Good-sized colonies of Helmet-orchids have been widespread in the forest this year. This group belongs to either Corysanthes diemenica or C. dilatatus, as far as I can tell.

Though this orchid likes its home to be moist and protected, it doesn’t like too much shade, preferring to grow where the shrub-fern layer isn’t too dense. And because the drought has significantly knocked-back Bracken Fern, such areas of forest floor are widespread in our bush.

This, coupled with the exceptionally good (rainfall) season could be why these little plants are doing so well this year.

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