23 September 2015

A rare and brief display of orchids at the Botanic Gardens

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Dendrobium speciosum - Rock Lily

For a brief few days, the public can experience the charm of native Dendrobium orchids as the Australian National Botanic Gardens is opening its Research Glasshouse to visitors.

Usually open only to researchers, the Gardens’ Research Glasshouse is currently consumed with the fragrance and colour of hundreds of cool temperate orchids.

The prolifically flowering Dendrobium speciosum plants on display in the Research Glasshouse were used for genetic analysis that has helped in understanding the classification of the orchid species.

They will only be accessible by the public until early October whilst they are in full bloom.

Also known as the rock lily, Dendrobium speciosum is found in varying habitats along 3000 kilometres of Australia’s eastern coastline and usually grows on branches of rainforest trees, or on sandstone in open forest.

Canberra is fortunate to have such a representative collection of this orchid and the Australian National Botanic Gardens is pleased to be able make them available for viewing by the public – which last occurred in 2013.

When: Saturday 19 September until flowering concludes (between 10-14 days)
Time: 9am to 4.30pm daily
Where: Research Glasshouse, Australian National Botanic Gardens

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