Roadsides are one of the most vulnerable places for delicate plants to grow these days . These areas are constantly under pressure from herbicides, soil disturbance, clearing, cleaning up, road maintenance activities and invasion by exotic grasses
.Despite all this some amazing patches of native orchids still survive like these golden moth orchids. They are so precious and deserve our respect. I can remember when 30 years ago the roadsides in Ruffy grew a thick carpet of native lilies and orchids each spring. Now days only tiny patches of these native plants can be found and I predict that these will vanish from roadside forever over the next decade. Orchid lovers of the Strathbogie Ranges unite and protect these gems from creeping suburbia with mown nature strips!