National park’s orchids in bloom
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.