Wild Orchids

On our last trip to Mkhambathi Nature Reserve we also came across these wild orchids, growing on the coastal grasslands. I wouldn’t know where to start on a botanical or common name… Any takers?

Yellow Wild Orchid

Yellow Wild Orchid

Purple Wild Orchid 1

Purple Wild Orchid 1

Purple Wild Orchid 2

Purple Wild Orchid 2

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6 Responses to Wild Orchids

  1. Niall November 30, 2009 at 3:32 pm #

    beautiful!

  2. mol-d November 30, 2009 at 4:33 pm #

    indeed! 😉

  3. JennyE January 18, 2010 at 10:45 am #

    Purple orchid ? I think this is Tephrosia macropoda. see Wild flowers of SA— John Manning

  4. Niall January 18, 2010 at 2:05 pm #

    great, thanks for the tip Jenny.

  5. mol-d January 18, 2010 at 2:08 pm #

    Hi Jenny,

    I think you are right, thanks:

    http://www.sciag.ukzn.ac.za/bcs/images/Grasslands/R%20S%20T%20U%20V%20WXYZ/Tephrosia%20macropoda.JPG

  6. khalid July 21, 2010 at 6:26 pm #

    the yellow orchid is asystacia gangetica(excuse the spelling).
    Grows in disturbed areas.A creeper.Good pioneer plant.
    Try tropical nursery if you’d like a specimen.

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