Coastal Spider Orchid

Submitted: Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 at 23:53
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Hi all,


We got lucky on the week end just gone, we found a Priority Listed Flora orchid down around the Margaret River area.

DPaW were most interested in it, in fact they sent an endangered species officer to the location we gave them to check it out.

The wife is "chuffed" about finding it.




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Barry H
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Reply By: Motherhen - Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 at 01:19

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 at 01:19
What a beauty Barry :)

Where I grew up is only 50 kilometres away by road, and the bush there had so many different spider orchids, some of which I have not seen in publications. As a child I knew exactly where and when each one would flower. I cannot remember the timing now so have not been spider orchid hunting since. In all the bushwalking and wildflower photographing I have done near home this year, I have not seen a single Spider Orchid.



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Follow Up By: Member - Barry H (WA) - Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 at 15:22

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 at 15:22
Hi Motherhen,

This year has been quite good for Spider Orchids, we have found them from Morowa to Augusta and a few places in between, they are still flowering in Augusta area now.


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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 at 07:00

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 at 07:00
Well spotted Barry. You have to wonder how many other unknown or hardly known plants are out there waiting for recognition. Love the incredible variety in spider orchids.

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Follow Up By: Member - Barry H (WA) - Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 at 15:26

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 at 15:26
Thanks Val,

This year has been a bit unique, there has been quite a few sightings of rareish type orchids, and orchids growing in places they haven't grown for years.

Season is almost done now, but maybe still a few surprises left.

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Barry H
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 at 12:58

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 at 12:58
Barry,

Congratulations on finding it, recognising what it was, notifying DPAW and most importantly not giving away it's exact location to all and sundry.
I have long been fascinated by our, in many cases, unique wild flowers, particularly the orchids. I have a small hand book on them which goes with me whenever we travel. And the camera of course.
How they evolved the various forms and in many cases specialised methods of pollination is a never ending source of wonder to me.
How the hell did a plant which to my knowledge has no ocular senses, develop the ability to convince a wasp that it was in fact an attractive female member of his species.

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Follow Up By: Member - Barry H (WA) - Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 at 15:30

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 at 15:30
Hi pop2jocem,

I agree with you, some of the plant behaviour is quite extarordinary, I have actually seen a wasp trying to mate with the Elbow Orchid, all in the name of pollination of course.


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