Diary — Dendrobium cunninghamii (Winika)
Dendrobium cunninghamii (Winika)
Dec 11, 2021
Dendrobium cunninghamii, commonly known as winika, pekapeka, Christmas orchid, bamboo orchid or ladies slipper orchid, is a species of epiphytic orchids that is endemic to New Zealand. It is commonly found growing in rainforest in the North, South, Stewart and Chatham Islands and normally flowers in summer and early autumn.
I found this specimen on Ulva Island, where there are no introduced predators, particularly mammals that readily eat delicate orchids.