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To be resupinate or not to be resupinate that is the question. Well, that must have been the problem facing orchids as they evolved. You know I said sun orchids (have you seen some ?), were resupinate. This means if you compare an orchid flower with another flower, such as the Early Nancy, the orchid flower appears to be upside down. In fact in its development the orchid flower turns through 180 degrees. But then you get the Leek Orchid which is non-resupinate which appears to be upside down but is really the right way up. It has left out the 180 degree bit. Having written all of that I am thoroughly confused and no doubt you are too. Leek Orchids are common enough but don't grow in great numbers except after summer bush fires. They seem to prefer moist habitats so keep that in mind when looking. We found two Austral Leek Orchids (to be confirmed) close to Butchers Road in the Brisbane Ranges, with flowers made special by their crystalline white labellums. Look for a tall orchid with a flower stem of up to 90 cm. emerging from a single rounded leaf like that of a leak or onion. There are at least six species of Leek Orchids found around Anglesea or the Brisbane Ranges. To the untrained eyes, yours and mine, they all look the same.

         Caladenia      Leek Orchid

                       Caladenia Orchid                                   Leek Orchid         (photos: D.Hewish)                              

                                                Joe Hubbard died in October 2015