Two Orchids at Sedgefield

A drive down the road to the beach near Sedgefield, revealed two Orchid species that I had not previously seen.  The first was an epiphyte, Tridactyle bicaudata which we found as we stopped and walked into the roadside thicket. Regrettably most of the blooms were over, but we did get to see a few fresh ones fairly high above us, so some climbing was required in order to get a photograph.

We then walked along to road hoping to find better specimens, but to no avail, however, we soon spotted beautiful Eulophia speciosa, right on the side of the road in full sunshine. There were probably about 10 plants spread over a fairly large area which we traversed by car.

I had intended to go out again on another sortie, but we never got around to it, so had to be content with two new species.

Thanks to Herbert Staerker for telling me where to look!

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