Orchids around White River
Updated: Feb 5, 2019
Many indigenous orchids grow around White River and in the mountains of the escarpment.
The Lowveld and the surrounding escarpment are hot-spots for indigenous orchids of South Africa. Unfortunately, due to development the numbers of plants in the towns have dwindled, but luckily there are still plenty to see for the avid orchid enthusiast.
“No one will protect what they don't care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced” . ― David Attenborough
Certain plants are still abundant
You'll see many Eulophia streptopetala on the road embankments on the way to Hazyview. These beautiful plants have adapted to growing next to the busy roads between our towns and can easily be spotted.
Disa woodii has colonised many areas around White River and Nelspruit as well and may already be in flower during the show.
It is a little early in the season for most of the high altitude species, but be sure to take a drive to Graskop or Lydenburg and you may be surprised to find a few early bloomers there.
For more info on the orchids of the area, be sure to get your hands on a copy of 'The orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland' McMurty, Grobler et al or 'Orchids of South Africa' Johnson, Bytebier. These books as well as many other botanical publications will be for sale at the show as well.
The WOSA website is also a treasure chest of knowledge about all the wild orchids of our beautiful country.