Flying Duck Orchid

arthurm(Sydney, NSW AUST)November 4, 2007

Another photo by Petrichor. A terrestrial orchid photographed somewhere near Sydney, Australia. Very difficult to maintain in culivation.

Here is a link that might be useful: Caleana major

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aachenelf z5 Mpls

OMG! THAT'S A DUCK HEAD!! Yes, I'm screaming as I write this.
Unbelievable!

Kevin

    Bookmark   November 4, 2007 at 9:30AM
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aachenelf z5 Mpls

Oh, oh - just had a thought.

I bet the flowers are pollinated by ducks right? A duck comes sauntering by, sees the flower, gets those heart-shaped things in its eyes, waddles over and starting making duck moves of luv. One thing leads to another and 9 months later a bunch of new duck orchids are born. How very clever.

OK, it's Sunday morning, I've been up since 3:30. Must make more coffee now.............

Still a very cool flower. Thanks for posting.

K

    Bookmark   November 4, 2007 at 9:56AM
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sdahl(Near Yosemite)

Incredible! I can see where it got its name.

Sharon

    Bookmark   November 4, 2007 at 12:32PM
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Sheila(8b SW Texas)

Wow, incredible indeed! Kev, you're a scream!

Sheila :)

    Bookmark   November 4, 2007 at 12:44PM
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whitecat8(z4 MN)

Arthur, that's amazing. Y'all have cool native orchids. All ours I've seen either are boring (to me) or are slippers.

Kevin - plant/bird mating? 9 months till birth? 2 more pots of coffee for you, guy. :)

Keep'em coming, Arthur.

Whitecat8

    Bookmark   November 4, 2007 at 2:38PM
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arthurm(Sydney, NSW AUST)

Do not know if i should. After all this is a North American Board. Lol.

Flowers are small, just over 1cm across and male Saw Flies think they are lady Saw Flies and try to do unmentionable things to them. I cannot go into more detail than that.

Actually, I have looked for Native Orchids over there and in the UK and saw Nil. But you do need to have a bit of local knowledge to find orchids growing in the wild.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2007 at 3:02PM
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claritamaria

Arthur! You little Minx!

I love that flower!

Clara
One of the relegated indoor growers

    Bookmark   November 4, 2007 at 6:08PM
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Charm(Z8 TX)

Looks just like a duck coming in for a landing!...Cool!~Charm

    Bookmark   November 10, 2007 at 7:52AM
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judybird2014

cutest I've seen in a long time ~

    Bookmark   November 10, 2007 at 9:42AM
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paul_(z5 MI)

I haven't seen a pic of one of those in a long time. Cute lil tyke.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2007 at 4:18PM
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