The Rosy Hyacinth-orchids are still flowering around here. They can put on a show right through to May apparently. Their size and colour always catches my eye in the dull grey/green of the box-bush. Some can grow to a metre tall.
There were a couple of individual plants growing in the one locality and each leafless stem was shooting from very close to the trunk of a young box. I subsequently discovered that the hyacinth-orchid is an epiparasite – an organism that parasitizes other parasites.
In this case apparently, there is a parasitic fungus on the roots of the tree that the orchid relies on for its own nutrition. And then of course there are probably some insect species that the orchid is host to as well. (You might just see a small invertebrate on one of the flowers in the second pic).
While I was groveling around on the ground getting some of these pictures, the resident Golden Whistler quietly dropped in for a closer look too and of course he is possibly quite interested in the insects the orchid attracts!
Even boring old dry box-bush can exhibit some wonderful biodiversity.