Sarcochilus falcatus flowers in situ
Sarcochilus falcatus was photographed at Springbrook, south-east Queensland at the end of August [early Spring] in 2013. This plant was growing just above head height, so just accessible for a close-up image.
The plant is growing on the side of a tree in shade in subtropical rain forest at around 770 m altitude. The flowers are 2 cm across and they have a delightful perfume during the day. The common name orange blossom orchid is likely to be for the white flowers and the scent which is pleasant mixture of hyacinth, frangipani, vanilla custard and candy.
''Sarcochilus falcatus'', commonly known as the orange blossom orchid, is a small epiphytic or lithophytic orchid that is endemic to eastern Australia. It has up to eight, leathery leaves with fine teeth on the edges and up to twelve white to cream-coloured flowers with a white labellum that has orange and purple markings.