Look out for orchids

Pink Fingers

Pink Fingers

Leopard Orchid

Leopard Orchid

Nodding Greenhood

Nodding Greenhood

Spider Orchid

Spider Orchid

There are lots of orchids flowering in the local bush and some starting to appear in the grasslands as well. Orchids are special as they seem to be so fleeting, briefly flowering then gone.

Emerging flower of an African Weed-Orchid

Emerging flower of an African Weed Orchid

There is one that has the same habit but it is introduced and is threatening to take over areas where our native orchids grow. If you notice one that looks a lot fleshier with a flower like an asparagus shoot then it might be the invasive African Weed-orchid.

These weedy orchids are appearing on more and more roadsides and reserves and in some cemeteries and seen more often on private land.  To control this species make sure you have it properly identified then prevent it from flowering by digging it up and removing the whole plant including the tubers.

The seed is very fine and attaches to clothing and footwear so is easily transported from site to site.

African Weed-orchid flower

African Weed-orchid flower

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