Pterostylis banksii, one of our most common orchids
Wellingtonians are being asked to keep their eyes peeled for their extraordinary, diverse and often cryptic native orchids when they venture into the outdoors.
Acknowledging the Wellington region as one of New Zealand’s “orchid hotspots”, the Department of Conservation has produced a field guide identifying 72 species of wild orchids in the lower North Island.
“We want to inspire people to head out and explore the region’s parks and reserves while searching for orchids that, once found, can be left for others to enjoy,” said Department of Conservation botanist John Sawyer, who co-authored the book with Peter de Lange, one of New Zealand’s leading plant conservation scientists; photographer and botanist Jeremy Rolfe, and national orchid expert Ian St George. full Media release