Orange Blossom Orchid

The climate associated with the rainforest environment makes Tamborine Mountain a particularly suitable place for growing and propagating orchids. In fact, for many varieties, the local lore is to just leave them outside and let them fend for themselves. When the gorgeous flower stalks appear, you can bring the pot in to display them and then return them to the elements afterwards.

We have a self sown native Orange Blossom orchid (Sarcochilus falcatus) growing on a macadamia nut tree on our property (shown above). Yearly it puts out sprays of delicious white flowers, and No!, it gets no special treatment - not even an extra spray of water during our recent drought years.

The orchid shown below is a ‘crucifix’ orchid (Epidendron ibaguense). This orchid grows ‘wild’ on the mountain and many sprays of its orange or mauve flowers can be seen during its long flowering period. If you look carefully you can see the ants that are feeding off the nectar in the flowers (and pollinating them!). These orchids are native to Central and northern South America (Mexico to Columbia) with red, mauve, purple, salmon and yellow hybrids.

crucifix orchid

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