Na­tional park’s or­chids in bloom

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE -

WITH warmer weather on the way, so too is a vi­brant spawn­ing of or­chids catch­ing the eyes of vis­i­tors at Mt Field Na­tional Park.

Tas­ma­nia has more than 214 species of na­tive or­chids, with flow­er­ing be­gin­ning around spring.

But there is at least one orchid species in flower some­where in Tas­ma­nia in any one month of the year.

Mt Field’s Wa­ter­falls Cafe owner Rachel Power has a bud­ding fond­ness for the na­tive flower.

“They are so short lived and such a gor­geous lit­tle sur­prise find — it’s just another rea­son to spend more time ex­plor­ing our park and sur­rounds,” she said.

“Some are no big­ger than a thumb­nail so spot­ting them has be­come so much fun.”

Ms Power said many of the flow­ers were eas­ily found, while oth­ers took more of an ef­fort to come across.

“Some are found in the con­ser­va­tion area at Cur­ringa Farm, and oth­ers can be seen in the eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble ar­eas of Mt Field like along­side the Rus­sell Falls track,” she said.

Or­chids can be hard to spot as the dry sum­mer weather sets in, so it’s rec­om­mended flower lovers rush to catch a glimpse of the pretty pe­tals.

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