As Charles Darwin Reserve is proving to be very light on orchids this year we have decided to take a day trip to Camel Soak (Mud Map N34) which is to the west. Last year it was a place we found many different species so fingers crossed for this year.
At Lake Monger lookout, on Rabbit-proof Fence Road, just off Wanarra East Road the first orchid found was the Dainty blue orchid (Cyanicula amplexans). However in the breakaway we also found many sun orchids yet to open fully.
Travelling down Rabbit-proof Fence Rd we turn East and arrive at Camel Soak. This granite catchment, also known as The Rock Hole was sunk as a watering point for men and their camel teams working on the No 2 Rabbit Proof Fence from 1903 to 1905.
Now to search for some orchids! The Yellow granite donkey orchid (Diuris hazeliae) is found all around the granite outcrop which is wonderful to see.
I stumble across a new orchid for this far north. Pink candy orchid (Caladenia hirta). All alone but still a different species finally.
More Donkey orchids and Dainty blue orchids found
Another species found in good numbers. Cowslip orchid (Caladenia flava sp. flava)
Richard then spies a Little laughing leek orchid (Prasophyllum gracile) and further specimens are found.
Some unopened Yellow and Blue sun orchids were the only other species found.
Many more Dainty blue orchids and Yellow granite donkey orchids were found and photographed.
5 species identified today with 2 Thelymitra species found that had yet to flower for identification.