Orchids Hiding in Plain Sight

Australia is home to many unusual plants, including some orchids which hide in plain sight. They grow leaves year after year, but rarely flower, until there’s a bushfire. Pyrorchis nigricans, also known as the Fire Orchid or Red Beak, bursts into bloom in the year after a fire. Learn more about these scorched orchids in Australian Geographic.

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2 Comments on “Orchids Hiding in Plain Sight”

  1. Tonya Horvath Says:

    I have a situation and a unique question. Is it possible for a keiki to feed the mother plant.
    I am trying to rescue an orchid that has no roots. But it has a keiki (on a spike) that has it’s own long roots and looks good. I do not want to remove it if it is keeping the Mother plant alive. I have re-potted the mother plant in hopes it will start new roots. The mother plant leaves are gorgeous and the plant looks great other than it has no roots.

  2. Marc Says:

    Yes, a keiki can nourish its mother plant. It sounds like you’re doing the right things to help both the baby and the mother. You don’t say what kind of orchid you have, but if it’s a Moth Orchid, it may be able to grow a new set of roots on the mother plant. Keep the humidity high and be patient. If the mother plant starts to die, cut off the keiki so it’s not affected.