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Pixie Cap Acianthus sinclairii

Observer

mattward

Date

April 18, 2018 12:46 PM NZST

Description

These are early blooming in my experience, which follows an unusual season. Most of the specimens were just starting to bolt, with only a dozen or so in flower. Quite difference in the labellum of a couple of the specimens, possibly due to one being more mature than the other?

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Observer

mattward

Date

April 2, 2018 02:44 PM NZST

Description

Numerous specimens growing on the rockface/ledge within a fissure. Apologies for the poor photography these were hard to get near.

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Observer

mattward

Date

April 3, 2018 03:43 PM NZST

Description

Just one specimen noted growing within 2 metres of the track. Made identification from the bract which made it quite different from the Genoplesium baueri.

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Observer

mattward

Date

April 5, 2018 06:07 PM NZST

Description

A single specimen growing on a South facing bank.

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What

Parson's Bands Eriochilus cucullatus

Observer

mattward

Date

April 3, 2018 04:52 PM NZST

Description

One colony noted. Close to track. I have not met this species before so am not 100% of its ID, but this seems to fit the best from my deductions.

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Observer

mattward

Date

April 3, 2018 04:45 PM NZST

Description

Several colonies noted

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Observer

mattward

Date

April 3, 2018 04:39 PM NZST

Description

Only one specimen seen near the track.

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What

Potato Orchid Gastrodia sesamoides

Observer

mattward

Date

February 19, 2018 10:49 AM NZDT

Description

I think that these orchids are G. sesamoides by the size and volume of them, similar to G. cunninghamii, but growing in a introduced pine plantation and generally paler in colour. I would be interested to know if anyone has seen both species growing together...They were up to 1.2metres high and at least 100 specimens present. Apologies for the pics, taken from rubbish phone... I will need to revisit again in late December early January...

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Observer

mattward

Date

February 27, 2018 04:49 PM NZDT

Description

Growing on Tawa, a favourite for this species in the lower North Island.

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Observer

mattward

Date

February 7, 2018 05:27 PM NZDT

Description

Only the single flower remaining on this specimen. Apologies for clarity i was balancing precariously to get a pic.

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What

Swamp Sun Orchid Thelymitra cyanea

Observer

mattward

Date

January 27, 2018 03:23 PM NZDT

Description

This specimen was the last one in flower and quite distorted in shape. Very late flowering from what I have normally seen.

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What

Black Orchid Gastrodia cunninghamii

Observer

mattward

Date

January 27, 2018 05:12 PM NZDT

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Observer

mattward

Date

January 27, 2018 03:44 PM NZDT

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Leek Orchid Prasophyllum colensoi

Observer

mattward

Date

January 27, 2018 03:45 PM NZDT

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Odd Leaved Orchid Aporostylis bifolia

Observer

mattward

Date

January 27, 2018 01:50 PM NZDT

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Horizontal Orchid Waireia stenopetala

Observer

mattward

Date

January 27, 2018 01:21 PM NZDT

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Observer

mattward

Date

January 27, 2018 10:21 AM NZDT

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Black Orchid Gastrodia cunninghamii

Observer

mattward

Date

January 25, 2018 04:24 PM NZDT

Description

I managed to spot a specimen in flower in the same general area last season. This time I found a total of 11 specimens along side the track, all of which had well finished flowering.

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Observer

mattward

Date

January 25, 2018 04:36 PM NZDT

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What

Easter Orchid Earina autumnalis

Observer

mattward

Date

January 25, 2018 03:12 PM NZDT

Description

This specimen growing on a rocky bank. I'm pretty sure this is the earliest i have ever seen this species in flower.

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Observer

mattward

Date

January 25, 2018 03:02 PM NZDT

Description

I am unsure whether this is E. mucronata, or E. aestivalis, due to the unusually late flowering for this season, in this area.

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What

Dwarf Mistletoe Korthalsella lindsayi

Observer

mattward

Date

January 17, 2018 02:40 PM NZDT

Description

Unfortunately many of the specimens in this site had died due to the drought we are suffering. Growing on Melicope simplex.

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Observer

mattward

Date

January 18, 2018 06:29 PM NZDT

Description

These specimens also looked to be suffering from drought.

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What

Easter Orchid Earina autumnalis

Observer

mattward

Date

January 18, 2018 02:37 PM NZDT

Description

These specimens showed flower buds already, which I also found a few days later. Interestingly and sadly I have noted lots of epiphytic orchids perishing on tree trunks in the western lower North Island due to the drought conditions we are/have been suffering.

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What

Tutukiwi Pterostylis banksii

Observer

mattward

Date

January 18, 2018 02:41 PM NZDT

Description

A few specimens present. I think that for this site the only species they could be is P banksii.

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Black Orchid Gastrodia cunninghamii

Observer

mattward

Date

January 19, 2018 03:08 PM NZDT

Description

Only one specimen found in area I have seen 100's at in the past...a seasonal thing?

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Observer

mattward

Date

January 23, 2018 04:56 PM NZDT

Description

Another new colony growing below Tawa.

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What

Easter Orchid Earina autumnalis

Observer

mattward

Date

January 24, 2018 02:33 PM NZDT

Description

I was surprised to see this species budding already.

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Narrow-leaved Lacebark Hoheria angustifolia

Observer

mattward

Date

January 24, 2018 01:52 PM NZDT

Description

I am not 100% that this is in fact H. angustifolia as the leaves are possibly too long. They up to 95mm long including the petiole. I wonder whether this may a hybrid between H. sexstylosa X H. angustifolia, like the entity known as H. 'Tararua'. I would love some feedback please. This was one of 5 specimens approximately 5 metres high, growing on the bank to a tributary to the Ohau River. @pjd1

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What

Black Orchid Gastrodia cunninghamii

Observer

mattward

Date

January 12, 2018 04:09 PM NZDT

Description

One colony noted of several plants. Near stream on low bank.

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