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Greenhoods

This is a discussion on Greenhoods within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; In one of the other posts I mentioned that finding an orchid is situ for ...

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    In one of the other posts I mentioned that finding an orchid is situ for me is a very special occasion.

    Finding one so close to home in an area not more than 10km from the center of the city is even more exciting. In between all the roads and high rise apartments and townhouses and bungalows and train lines, is a little piece of land, a bluff, bordered by a creek and houses further above.

    I usually take my dogs for a walk around here and one day I noticed that there were these plants with the leaves arranged in a circle on the ground. In all there would have been about twenty plants. I've seen similar plants in my orchid books so I kept returning every so often to have a look and see if I can make a positive ID when the flowers arrive.

    Well two weeks ago, I saw the first couple of flower spikes arising from the middle of the plant.

    However, last saturday, when I took my dogs for a walk in the same area, as I was heading towards the colony of plants, I noticed that along the path were more of these plants.

    And a couple were already in bloom! So here you have Pterostylis nutans:-
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    That's *very* cool, Tim. It's definitely a treat to find them in the wild, especially when they're completely unexpected!

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    So pretty -- and not the genetic bohemeths that many orchids have become (not that there's anything wrong with that ). I am pleased you were able to take a photo -- my dogs would have been too excited and probably would have smelled it to death.

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    May be I have just missed it before, but it appears that lja has added a rather scatalogical latin mantra to his title as administrator. Quoniam stercus accidit

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    He's had a few different ones. Very versatile guy that Louis.



    Tim

    That is a great looking orchid. That must have made your day to find that. Thanks for posting.

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    Is it just opening, Tim? Or is that a mature flower...

    If the former, please post a shot once it's out. Thanks!!

    Julie

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    I always like seeing wild orchids in situ!

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    Julie, that's about as open as they get. As their name suggests 'Greenhood', the flowers tend to have the dorsal sepal and petals united to a degree that they form the "hood". One section, the rufa group, though is a lot more open, which frankly I think they should do a taxonomic adjustment and stick to a whole new genus...

    Thought I'd add a website that has a number of these orchids coz they do tend to come in all shades of green

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