InformationbobreidTuesday, 8 December 2020 - 9:00pm
Over the past few days I've noticed some pretty orchids in flower near the Community Centre.
The first of these is Dipodium variegatum - the blotched hyacinth orchid. I found it in the garden on the edge of Yallarwah Park.
Hyacinth orchids are saprophytes, which means a leafless plant that obtains nourishment from decaying wood or plant matter, usually in association with a fungus.
Dipodium variegatum have a green fleshy stem 40-80cm high, with a small leaf at the base, and pale pink flowers with purple spots. They have a dense hairy patch on the labellum or tongue - the "landing pad" for insects.
They are found in eastern NSW, and flower between August and January