New Zealand has about 165 species of native orchids. Most produce quite small flowers. The largest flowering genus is Pterostylus the green hooded orchids.
In December 2014 on a trip to Arthurs Pass area we found the following orchids in flower. The three areas we visited were Bealey Spur Track to Top Hut, Otira Valley Track and Punchbowl Falls walk.
Pterostylus No 1
Adenochilus gracilis - Slender Forest Orchid
Simpliglottis cornuta - Green Bird Orchid
Waireia stenopetala. Yellow Beaks or Beak Orchid
Microtis unifolia Common Onion Orchid
Gastrodia Species. Potato Orchid
This is a parasitic orchid sending up its flowering spikes from tree roots below ground
Nematoceres species - Spider Orchid
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