Dendrobium speciosum, Rock Orchid
Last weekend the Australasian Native Orchid Society (Illawarra Branch) held their spring show in Wollongong. The first thing which knocks you out when you go to a native orchid show is the intense heady perfume which these plants emit. I can only describe it as vanilla mixed with musk combined with other sweet notes. The Rock Orchid above is one of the most hardy, popular and easy to grow species . In my neighbourhood, some gardeners grow it in full sun often as a feature plant in a small garden bed near the mail box. In its native habitat it grows on sandstone cliffs and rock outcrops which can be seasonally quite dry. Flowering lasts from August to September. Below are some other Orchids from the show but I have yet to learn their names.