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Golden orchid

Dendrobium undulatum

Description:

The Golden orchid is found growing along Queensland’s coastline from Gladstone to Cape York and up into the Torres Strait Islands. Also known as The Mangrove Orchid.

Habitat:

Tropical coastlines and mangrove forests, often as an epiphyte. These were growing on what appeared to be a volcanic rock cliff rising about the coral sea.

Notes:

On Snapper Island, which is just off the cost of far north Queensland. This Island is Aboriginal land and only a few people can visit (by kayak) by permit at a time. Spent two days there as one of a total of five people. Coral reef comes right up to the beach.

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3 Comments

lori.tas
lori.tas 6 years ago

Thanks Craig, for the compliment and the information. I'll edit the post to reflect the genus change.

craigwilliams
craigwilliams 6 years ago

btw, the genus Durabaculum is pretty much only accepted in Australia. Pretty much the rest of the botanical world still sees this as a Dendrobium. http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl/search?q...

craigwilliams
craigwilliams 6 years ago

These are truly priceless Lori, especially the second two shots in the context of the habitat. A wonderful lithophytic plant community, taking advantage of a niche where the un adapted couldn't hope to survive. I can see a species of Oak Leaf fern (a Drynaria by the looks of it) in the second shot, and I'm really curious about what else is there. Thanks for sharing these. If there were a global Wild Orchids mission as I would like, this would be a model example of how a perfect spotting would be :)

4873, Queensland, Australia

Lat: -16.29, Long: 145.50

Spotted on Sep 2, 2010
Submitted on Mar 22, 2011

Spotted for mission

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