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rchids of Scott Creek Conservation Park

As we have mentioned elsewhere, over sixty species of orchid have been recorded in the park.

Though many are common and found in throughout the park, some are extremely rare.

By popular request, we have added some more orchid photos to this page!

The extraordinary profusion of species is due to the park's diverse habitats. On its eastern side, the park has an elevation of 400 metres, but this falls away 200 metres as you travel west, towards Scott Creek itself.

There are several fern gullies and bogs, as well as various woodland and grassland associations.

Common Bearded Orchid

The Common Bearded Orchid Calochilus robertsonii flowers from September through to early December.

It's often found in the park near the base of old messmate stringy barks - Eucalyptus obliqua.

Corybas diemenicus close up  
The Veined Helmet Orchid
Corysanthes (previiously Corybas) diemenicus flowers through June to late September in the well- sheltered and damp places of the park.
 
The Wax Lip Orchid
Glossodia major, flowers from August through to November.  This orchid, together with the spider orchid
  Caladenia tentaculata, are the most common orchids in the park, putting on profuse and spectacular displays in late spring.
Glossodia major

The Late Donkey Orchid
Diuris brevifolia flowers through September to December

close up

Diuris brevifolia
Leparella fimbriata The Fringed hare-orchid,
Leporella fimbriata
flowers from March through to June.  It is pollinated by a species of aggressive hopper ant.  Watch for them while you admire the orchid! close up
Nodding Greenhood

The Nodding Greenhood, Pterostylis nutans, flowers from May through to December. It is particularly common near the Almanda Mine. close up

The Bayonet Spider-orchid
Arachnorchis (previously Caladenia) gladiolata
is a rare orchid endemic to South Australia which flowers from late June to early November.

The Native Orchid Society of SA published an article about the Scott Creek population.

Caladenia gladiolata
The Blue Beard Caladenia/ Blue fairies
Pheladenia (previously Caladenia) deformis
flowers from June to late November, particularly strongly after fire.  It has widespread through forest. The central tongue petal is fringed.
Blue Fairy Orchid
These two photos are by Tom Hands
Pterostylis sanginea The Banded Greenhood
Pterostylis sanguinea
flowers from April until September.  It is wide spread throughout the park, and where conditions particularly suit it, individuals can be seen of up to 40 cm in height. It has a very long lived flower. close up
Pterostylis species

The Rusty or Veined Greenhood
Pterostylis biseta is not at all common in the park and is usually found near native pines.

Please let us know if you see it! It flowers from late August to early December.

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The Rabbit Ears or Hare Orchid

Leptoceras menziessii is a common orchid in the park. Flowering is only profuse after disturbance or fire and occurs between September and November.
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Rabbit Ears The Maroon Hood Orchid

Pterostylis pedunculata is extremely common in the park and flowers between July and November. It grows in shady wet areas where it forms very dense colonies.
Pterosylis pedunculata
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Thelymitra grandiflora The Great or Giant Sun-orchid

Thelymitra grandiflora is indeed huge, often a metre high, its pleasant scented flowers can be seen between September and November in open forest.
Pterostylis plumosa The Bearded Greenhood

Plumatichilus (previously Pterostylis) plumosa is famous for tantalizing photographers with its plume, which moves with the slightest breeze, leaving them to wonder at what moment they should take its picture! It flowers between July and November.
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Field guides to Orchids :

There are two guides which we find particularly useful when orchid spotting in the park:

The Orchids of South Australia, by R.J. Bates (a Friend of Scott Creek) and J.Z.Weber. An excellent book, with a fine selection of photographs.

It's Blue with Five Petals, Wildflowers of the Adelaide Region, by Ann Prescott. This guide helps you identify not only orchids, but many of the other plants of the Adelaide Hills.

The"Common" Cowslip Orchid - not at all common anymore!
  Diuris behrii with native bee.
Photo : Tom Hands
 

Except where otherwise stated, the photos on this page have been kindly given to the friends by Mr. Philip Bridle.

And by popular request, here's a second page of Philip's orchid pictures.

 
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