On the Hunt for Native Orchids

Just over a year ago I discovered that New Zealand had orchids and I did get a few photos of some. One of my neighbours who knows I am interested in these kinds of things has also come and got me a few times whenever he sees orchids flowering, so that I can get a photo of them.

This year I was given the opportunity to go orchid hunting up in the Te Paki region and I jumped at the chance. So yesterday (8 Oct) we headed off to the Earth Wall Track which runs off the Spirits Bay Road where I was introduced to orchids. There was a good range there and having someone point them out to me and give me an idea of where to look was invaluble.

After about half an hour I realised that some of the habitat that we were looking in is the same habitat in parts of my backyard - do I have orchids lurking that that I do not know about nor have seen?

Once we got back we went for a wander and sure enough, there are orchids in my back yard that I have walked past without noticing. The first find of thelymitra.malvina surprised @bill-nz and the second one shocked him!

The 2 below that are only to the genus level of Caladenia where found up norht on one of the tracks, but are an anomoly.

Here is a range of the different ones found in one day, which also nicely highligts the different colours that can be found.

Αναρτήθηκε από tangatawhenua tangatawhenua, Οκτώβριος 09, 2016 1102 ΠΜ

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Οκτώβριος 8, 2016 07:55 AM NZDT

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I think this is the name for this stunning little orchid.

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Very fortunate to see this as it was the only one that had the flower slightly open.

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Growing beside the track.

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Οκτώβριος 8, 2016 10:45 AM NZDT

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Growing beside the track.

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I think this is the lemon form of Thelymitra carnea but could easily be something else.

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Οκτώβριος 8, 2016 10:04 AM NZDT

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Lots of these pink ones along the track.

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Οκτώβριος 8, 2016 10:24 AM NZDT

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These were closed on the way down and open on the way back.

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Οκτώβριος 8, 2016 10:36 AM NZDT

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I think this is one of the Caladenia but not sure which one.

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Οκτώβριος 8, 2016 10:40 AM NZDT

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I think this may be Caladenia alata in a white form?

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Οκτώβριος 8, 2016 11:12 AM NZDT

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Another pink Thelymitra carnea found growing by the track.

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Οκτώβριος 8, 2016 11:14 AM NZDT

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Nice cluster growing beside the track.

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Οκτώβριος 8, 2016 11:31 AM NZDT

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Not too sure which species this is. Growing beside the track and seen on the way out.

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Οκτώβριος 8, 2016 11:32 AM NZDT

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Not too sure which species this is. Growing beside the track and seen on the way out.

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Οκτώβριος 8, 2016 12:27 PM NZDT

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I am guessing this is what this one is but could easily be wrong. I know the lip at the bottom in the first photo is diagnostic.

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Οκτώβριος 8, 2016 03:24 PM NZDT

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Growing in the old rubbish dump area

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Οκτώβριος 8, 2016 05:25 PM NZDT

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It was an honour to go up north looking for orchids and it did not take me long to realise becuase of the habitat that we were looking in I had some of that habitat in my own back yard. Retruning to my kainga we went down the back upon seeing the tracks @bill-nz took off down one and was not expecting to come across this one.

While not open yet, it is growing on an old kauri log (that will not get ripped out and sold) and there was a colony of these following the old log.

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I think this is what this one is. Growing around the tracks

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Here is another one in my own backyard that I have never seen before, mainly because I have never had a good wander through this area or realised until this very special day that I havenative orchids growing around here. Growing off the track under manuka.

What else is lurking here that I have never seen? Looks like it's going to be exploring time again!

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Οκτώβριος 8, 2016 06:14 PM NZDT

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Finding this one in this location was a shock as t.malvina are known to grow with rotting kauri logs whereas this one was growing up beside a pine tree stump. In fact it was such an anomoly that @bill-nz hand opened the bottom bud to confirm the ID!

Of course I am keeping an eye on this one as well and will get photos when it does flower.

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Final photo taken in the fading light. Another area to check out properly.

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