The time has arrived

If  you want to see the Helmet Orchids, now it the time of year to find them.  My understanding is that the time from leaf mergence to capsule is about six weeks.  In the past week I’ve seen Corysanthes diemenica (Veined Helmet Orchid) both in the north and the south of the Adelaide Hills.  Corysanthes incurva ( Slaty Helmet Orchid) appears slightly later, end July early August, and will now be in bud.  Look for them amongst the leaf litter.

 

Corysanthes diemenica (Veined Helmet Orchid)
Corysanthes diemenica (Veined Helmet Orchid)