This is a close up of Polystachya Zambesiaca, when we found it we had to compare the flowers with the descriptions in a book called African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation.It was quite tricky but a really good experience.
My favourite of all the orchids we found was the population of Polystachya Zambesiaca on this tree. Before today I have never seen an orchid growing as an epiphyte up a tree in the wild. Now I have seen seven different species! I think i have learned alot about orchids as a gardener, by seeing them growing in the wild and surviving on trees.
Zoe P here, this morning we had an amazing trip to the Vernon Crook Nature Reserve. Here we are, exploring the grassland and woodland looking for orchids. I am really pleased as we found nine species of orchid and three were in flower.
Hi, Zoe P here as you can see we have arrived in Durban, had a good night sleep and today we are going to Vernon Creek Reserve, looking for orchids in the wild, which is really exciting. Then in the evening we are going to the opening for the Botanical gardens conference. This is going to be a fantastic trip and I am very excited and I am looking forward to meeting some new people.
I’ve just received confirmation that the team have now arrived in Durban. I had a phone conversation with Zoe B who said “We’re going for a swim, and then to bed!”
Hopefully the next post will be from Durban! Remember that any comments are welcome and encouraged!