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Wildflowers of Western Australia

Orchids - Gallery 3

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Rattle Beak
Rattle Beak
Lyperanthus serratus

Butterfly Orchid
Butterfly Orchid
Caladenia lobata

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Hammer Orchid
Hammer Orchid
Drakaea gracilis

To attract male insect pollinators some orchids will visually resemble the female, and can emit pheromones with the exact chemical composition of her scent!

Autumn Leek Orchids
Autumn Leek Orchids
Prasophyllum parvifolium

White Spider Orchids
White Spider Orchids
Caladenia longicauda

Blue Lady Orchid
Blue Lady
Thelymitra crinita

"Orchids are universally acknowledged to rank among the most singular and most modified forms in the vegetable kingdom." - Charles Darwin

Giant Spider Orchid
Giant Spider Orchid
Caladenia excelsa

Rabbit Orchid
Rabbit Orchid
Leptoceras menziesii

Slipper Orchid
Slipper Orchid
Cryptostylis ovata

The arousing scent emanating from the Slipper Orchid is irresistible to the appropriately named Orchid Dupe Wasp.
Whilst mating and depositing sperm into the flower, a bag of pollen is cleverly attached to its abdomen.

Slipper Orchid
Slipper Orchid
Cryptostylis ovata

Carousel Spider Orchids
Carousel Spider Orchids
Caladenia arenicola

Pink Enamel Orchid
Pink Enamel Orchid
Elythranthera emarginata

This little beasty got its wings stuck to the stigma while exploring the orchid. It has pulled the large calli upwards in the attempt to free itself. Still stuck 2 hours later.

Bunny Orchid
Bunny Orchid
Eriochilus dilatatus

Pink Fairy
Pink Fairy
Caladenia latifolia

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