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Wildflowers of Western Australia

Orchids - Gallery One

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Bird Orchid
Bird Orchid
Pterostylis barbata

Blue China Orchid
Blue China Orchid
Cyanicula gemmata

Leaping Spider Orchid
Leaping Spider Orchid
Caladenia macrostylis

"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.

Pink Enamel Orchid
Pink Enamel Orchid
Elythranthera emarginata

Primrose Spider Orchid
Primrose Spider Orchids
Caladenia xantha

Queen of Sheba
Queen of Sheba
Thelymitra variegata

There are an estimated 25,000 species of orchid on this planet, representing 10 per cent of all flowering plants. The South-west Region of Western Australia contains about 400 species of terrestrial orchid.

Yellow Spider Orchid
Spider Orchid
Caladenia denticulata

Sugar Orchid
Sugar Orchid
Ericksonella saccharata

Dancing Orchid
Dancing Orchid
Caladenia discoidea

All orchids are perennial (long living) and have:

Blue Beards
Blue Beards
Pheladenia deformis

Pink Fairy
Pink Fairy
Caladenia latifolia

Leafless Orchid
Leafless Orchid
Praecoxanthus aphyllus

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Habitat
Underground Orchid
Rhizanthella gardneri

This amazing and very rare orchid blooms underground and obtains its energy from fungus in the roots of the Melalueca bush under which it grows.

Underground Orchid and Wolf Spider
Underground Orchid and Wolf Spider
Rhizanthella gardneri

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