A rare orchid originally found in Tasmania in 1840 has been located on Manuka Hils.  The last reported sighting of the specimen, corunastylis nudiscarpa, was in 1852.  The plant which was listed as Extinct in Tasmania on the Tasmanian Threatened Species Protection Act 1995  has recently been re-discovered in two sites, firstly in the foothills of Mount Wellington and now the Manuka Hills. Orchid experts are thrilled by this valuable find.

Corunastylis nudiscarpa - Photo courtesy of Peter Fehre

Corunastylis nudiscarpa
Photo courtesy of Peter Fehre

For more of Peter’s work visit Upclose Macro Photography and view his Macro Orchids Flickr photostream.

The downloadable booklet Flowering Times of Tasmanian Orchids: A Practical Guide for Field Botanists provides a handy reference for orchid enthusiasts who wish to see what is likely to be flowering at any given time during the year.