GOOD winter rainfall has boosted the growth of orchids at Kings Park with a record number of the beauties now blooming in the metropolitan bushland.
In numbers not seen for decades, thousands of orchids are now on display throughout the park. Environment Minister Bill Marmion is encouraging visitors to take advantage of free guided tours to learn more about the flowers.
“With 52 species, the bushland in Kings Park is one of the richest orchid sites in the Perth metropolitan region,” Mr Marmion said.
“In fact there are more orchid species in the 270ha of bushland at Kings Park than there are orchid species in the whole of the UK.
“At the moment, visitors to the park can see cowslip orchids that mimic a native buttercup flower to attract their specialist insect pollinators.
“There are also patches of donkey orchids that use deception of a native pea flower to trick a local native beetle into pollinating the orchid.
“Western Australia is renowned for its wildflowers and, in particular, our unique, native orchids. There is only a small window of opportunity to see these flowers while they are blooming and I encourage everyone to come up and take a look.”