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Wildflowers of Western Australia

Orchids - Gallery 6

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Blue China Orchid
Blue China Orchid
Cyanicula gemmata

Winter Spider Orchid
Winter Spider Orchid
Caladenia drummondii

Fire Orchids
Fire Orchids
Pyrorchis nigricans

Nigricans is one of the many species of orchids which produce fleshy underground tubers and were much sought after by Aborigines as food.
Favoured were the tuberous sun orchids (Thelymitra), greenhoods (Pterostylis) and leek orchids (Prasophylum).

Little Laughing Leek Orchids
Little Laughing Leek Orchids
Prasophyllum gracile

Dragon Orchid
Dragon Orchid
Caladenia barbarossa

Incoming Pollen for the Stigma
Blue Lady
*Incoming pollen for the stigma.

Clubbed Spider Orchids
Clubbed Spider Orchids
Caladenia longiclavata

Curled-tongue Shell Orchid
Curled-tongue Shell Orchid
Pterostylis rogersii

Orchids have evolved to attract, deceive, mimic and manipulate insects in order to maximize the possibility of fertilization. Many don't offer a food reward.

Little Pink Fairy
Little Pink Fairy
Caladenia reptans

Slender Sun Orchid
Slender Sun Orchid
Thelymitra vulgaris

Beard Orchid
Beard Orchid
Calochilus stramenicola

Frog Greenhood
Frog Greenhood
Pterostylis sargentii

Helmet Orchids
Helmet Orchids
Corybas recurvus

Helmet Orchids
Helmet Orchids
Corybas recurvus

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