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Vulnerable Orchid sighted

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Golden beauties

Each day is different at this time of year. Walking the property yesterday I came across first one, and then a cluster of beautiful and delicate yellow orchids.

Diuris behrii

Diuris behrii

At first glance,  I thought they were Golden Moths but on consulting my trusty ‘Plains Wandering’ (Lunt, Barlow & Ross 1998) I discovered that they are Golden Cowslip orchids (Diuris behrii).

Another Golden cowslip

Another Golden cowslip

The Golden Cowslip orchid is classified as vulnerable in Victoria according to the Atlas of Living Australia.

These lovely orchids are tuberous and were important Koori food plants, eaten raw or roasted. They prefer grassy woodlands.

A precious discovery.

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