I was able to spend just a couple of hours in Bidjigal Reserve, after a farewell lunch for one of council's Bushland workers who worked out of the Baulkham Hills Community Nursery where I am a volunteer.
There are about 2 dozen terrestrial (ground) orchids listed as growing in this and the adjoining reserves, and I was lucky enough to find 3 of the winter/spring flowering ones.
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|Epacris sp. (probably puchella, but hoping for purpurascens)|
Could be 1 of 2, still finding out.
|Acacia linifolia - Flax-leafed Wattle.|
|How it got it's name, |
Omalanthus populifolius - Bleeding Heart.
|Pterostylis longifolia - Tall Greenhood.|
One of the terrestrial orchids. (as above).
|Acacia suaveolens - Sweet Wattle.|
|Pterostylis nutans -|
Nodding Greenhood, Parrot's Beak Orchid.
Growing in 2 inches of leaf litter on large rock.
(apologies for the photo quality)
Pterostylis nutans - Nodding Greenhood Orchid
|Drosera peltata - Pale Sundew, Shield Sundew.|
TODAY'S LANDSCAPE / HABITAT.
|Red gum, lichen and moss.|
|Sydney sandstone bushland saved by being |
too steep to build on by early developers.
|Houses are behind me on the ridge tops.|
|'Phantom of The Opera'|
Organ pipes and mask in rotting tree stump.
|No soil so the tree root just oozes out over|
|Viewed from other side.|
|And where the trunk flows over the rock,|
nearly becoming one.