Story: Orchids

Winika orchid (2nd of 2)

Winika orchid

Winika or bamboo orchids grow on trees in lowland forest. Their jointed stems are highly branched and hang down like a tangle of fine bamboo. Flowering begins in spring and early summer, when a couple of flowers appear on short stalks scattered across the plant. The name winika derives from the name of a Māori war canoe carved from a tōtara tree, on which this type of orchid grows.

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Ian St George, 'Orchids - Forest orchids', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 June 2024)

Story by Ian St George, published 24 Sep 2007