Orchid – Wairera stenopetala

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Alpine flora is so subtle you barely register that it forms part of the landscape.  This little orchid is typical growing in an upright habit between 10 and 30 cm.  It can have variably one to three leaves and one to four green hooded flowers which are only about 1.5cm long with browny blotches on the hood.  Its preferred habitat is wet peaty areas of tussock grassland, herbfields, open scrub and forest margins at 800 to 1200 metres altitude.  It is found in Tongariro National Park in the North Island but more widely in the South Island.

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