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Wildflowers of Western Australia

Orchids - Gallery 2

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Flying Duck Orchid
Flying Duck Orchid
Paracaleana nigrita

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Flying Duck Orchid
Flying Duck Orchid
Paracaleana nigrita

Reaching Spider Orchid
Reaching Spider Orchid
Caladenia arrecta

"The contrivances by which Orchids are fertilised, are as varied and almost as perfect as any of the most beautiful adaptations in the animal kingdom." - Charles Darwin

Jug Orchid
Jug Orchids
Pterostylis recurva

Cowslip
Cowslips
Caladenia flava

Scented Sun Orchid
Scented Sun Orchid
Thelymitra macrophylla

Out come the orchids all dainty and cute,
marvels of nature, deceitful to boot.
Dragon and Fairy, Leopard and Tiger,
Butterfly, Bird and beautiful Spider.
Most of these blooms are rare and minute,
so finding this flora is fair dinkum beaut.

White Fairy
White Fairy
Caladenia marginata

Donkey Orchids
Donkey Orchids
Diuris corymbosa

White Spider Orchid
White Spider Orchid
Caladenia longicauda

The Labellum is controlled by a special set of genes, that means it can evolve and change its shape, size and colour while the rest of its petals remain the same. This highly functional 'lip' can attract, mimic, guide and determine the type of pollinator.

Custard Orchid
Custard Orchid
Thelymitra villosa

Short-sepalled Snail
Short-sepalled Snail Orchid
Pterostylis

Short-sepalled Snails
Short-sepalled Snail Orchids
Pterostylis

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