Orchid ex­trav­a­ganza springs

Mandurah Coastal Times - - NEWS -

SPRING is here and the ideal time to see some of the gor­geous na­tive or­chids that flower in the Peel re­gion.

Spi­der or­chids, don­key or­chids and yel­low or­chids are com­mon in early Septem­ber in bush re­serves in Man­durah such as along Wan­jeep Road, Coodanup and re­serves along Old Coast Road.

Pink fairy or­chids like the com­pany of tu­art trees and can even be seen grow­ing at the base of tu­art trees ad­ja­cent to the carpark at Peel Health Cam­pus.

The blue lady orchid can grow up to 70 cm tall with as many as 15 flow­ers on the spike.

This mem­ber of the Sun Orchid group usu­ally flow­ers in late Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber and reg­u­larly ap­pears near the first carpark at North Dan­dalup Dam, along with a lo­cal species of don­key orchid.

Lo­cal res­i­dent Mel Tuckey is try­ing to raise aware­ness about the beauty that can be found in lo­cal bush.

“Once we are aware of the beauty that is out there, we are more likely to be pas­sion­ate about sav­ing the na­tional trea­sure of our bush­land,’’ he said.

“Th­ese na­tive or­chids grow in the south-west of WA and nowhere else in the world.”

“We can’t trans­plant them to a sub­ur­ban back­yard be­cause of the spe­cial sym­bi­otic re­la­tion­ship they have with the fungi and or­gan­isms of our na­tive soil.

“We can only en­joy them in their nat­u­ral habi­tat.”

Join­ing forces to help Bali’s needy

A CHANCE en­counter be­tween mem­bers of the Man­durah Cir­cle of Friends, who took many suit­cases of goods to Bali for the Man­durah Caro­lia Char­ity and the man­agers of Cheers Karaoke Bar in Le­gian, re­sulted in a fundraiser and a strong al­liance be­tween both groups.

The Caro­lia Char­ity has many pro­grams in Bali to help the un­der­priv­i­leged and the do­na­tion from the Cheers fundraiser will pay for two fam­i­lies to set up mi­cro farms to feed them­selves and sell sur­plus ve­g­ies.

Re­cently, the Caro­lia Char­ity vis­ited a ju­ve­nile pri­son in Bali with Laily, a pre­vi­ous grad­u­ate of their pro­gram and now a mu­sic teacher, to sup­ply mo­ti­va­tion and of­fer en­cour­age­ment via mu­sic and talks to the chil­dren in­car­cer­ated there.

“Most are there through very sad cir­cum­stances in their lives: they don’t want to be bad peo­ple, they are lack­ing men­tors in their lives and have lost di­rec­tion,’’ MCF mem­ber and Caro­lia Char­ity sup­porter Jacky Lo­mas said.

“The Caro­lia Char­ity does its best to help them.

“There are many des­per­ate chil­dren seek­ing spon­sor­ship in Bali and for just $350 a year, a spon­sor can change a child’s life for­ever.”

To do­nate, con­tact 0407 729 758 or je­me­cese1@big­pond.com.

Jacky Lo­mas and Pete Robby at the fundraiser.

Blue lady orchid.

Don­key orchid.

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