Australian Native Orchids
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"Each and every species of flowering plant has its own unique evolutionary story that's closely coupled with the animals that pollinate it. But one family of flowering plant has developed this relationship in more complex ways than any other, and in doing so has become the most numerous, and diverse, on the planet." - David Attenborough on Orchids
Spiranthes australis

Ladies'-Tresses Orchid: Spiranthes australis - ANOS: Australian Native Orchid Society [Victoria Group] Inc.

Large Spotted Sun Orchid (Thelymitra juncifolia)

Large Spotted Sun Orchid (Thelymitra juncifolia)

Flower painting of native orchids, Caladenia turnea, Glossodia major and Caladenia angustata by William Lewis May (1861-1925)

Flower painting of native orchids, Caladenia turnea, Glossodia major and Caladenia angustata by William Lewis May

Purple Beard Orchid (Calochilus platychilus)

Purple Beard Orchid (Calochilus platychilus)

Midge Orchid

Orchid Gallery Seven - Wildflowers of Western Australia

Dendrobium schneiderae

Dendrobium schneiderae

Pterostylis truncata

Pterostylis truncata

Trim Leak Orchid (Prasophyllum concinnum)

Trim Leak Orchid (Prasophyllum concinnum)

Flower painting of native orchids Pterostylis nutans, Pterostylis longifolia and Pterostylis praecox by William Lewis May (1861-1925)

Flower painting of native orchids Pterostylis nutans, Pterostylis longifolia and Pterostylis praecox by William Lewis May

Sarcochilus falcatus

Sarcochilus falcatus

Thelymitra reflexa

Thelymitra reflexa

Caleana major

Caleana major

Sarcochilus australis

Sarcochilus australis - ANOS: Australian Native Orchid Society [Victoria Group] Inc.

Flying Duck Orchid - The pollinator for this orchid is a saw fly, a relation of the wasp. Apparently the saw fly, finding this orchid to be on the attractive side, tries to mate with the flower, resulting in the “duck’s head” snapping down and trapping the saw fly. A battle for escape ensues for a period of time, eventuating in the saw fly escaping, pollen attached, only to find itself duped again down the way, hence, the pollination.

Flying Duck Orchid - The pollinator for this orchid is a saw fly, a relation of the wasp. Apparently the saw fly, finding this orchid to be on the attractive side, tries to mate with the flower, resulting in the “duck’s head” snapping down and trapping the saw fly. A battle for escape ensues for a period of time, eventuating in the saw fly escaping, pollen attached, only to find itself duped again down the way, hence, the pollination.

Purple Beard Orchid (Calochilus platychilus)

Purple Beard Orchid (Calochilus platychilus)

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