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Small tongue orchid

Cryptostylis leptochila


Fascinating almost leafless orchids about 50cm tall with a dramatic flower designed to attract a particular type of male wasp - the Orchid Dupe wasp.


In dry eucalyptus forest in a local nature reserve. Baluk William.

Compare to another found in the same area Large Bird Orchid Chiloglottis valida

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27 Comments (1–25)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 4 years ago

Wow, that is a beast! Beautiful spotting, Mark.

Desmond.E.S.O 8 years ago

Congrats Mark! and Thanks for sharing!

Awesome find Mark,beautiful,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

Yay Mark,a well deserved SotD indeed !

Exquisite spotting Mark. Congratulations!

James McNair
James McNair 8 years ago

Congrats again the Hitchhikers reference! Douglas Adams would be proud!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

You know how it is Pam... anything that raises a question about life, the universe and everything. So dissatisfied and unconvinced with 42. Thank you all for your positives.

pamsai 8 years ago

pretty impressive Mark... into orchards now are we!?

Sckel 8 years ago

congratulations again, Mark, you have a star collection.

kdpicturemaker 8 years ago

A gorgeous specimen and such detailed images!

DanielePralong 8 years ago

Very special spotting Mark! Congratulations!

arlanda 8 years ago

Congratulations Mark! Impressive orchid!

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 8 years ago

Congratulations on your SOTD Mark. Truly a unique orchid.

VivBraznell 8 years ago

Wow! What a beauty, Mark ... Congrats on the SOTD :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Oh wow! Thanks yet again Yasser. A bit embarrassing as I have probably not thanked everyone properly for the last SOTD... but certainly no complaints!! It really is an impressive flower with a nice niche relationship to our local wildlife. Thanks Nuwan, Hema, Leuba.

NuwanChathuranga 8 years ago

Congratulations, Mark!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 8 years ago


Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

great pics Mark - Congratulations !

Yasser 8 years ago

Congrats Mark! This beautiful and fascinating orchid has been selected as our Spotting of the Day!



Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Yep just a quick zip out east on Wellington road :) Thanks Jopy, Baghya.

flyingfrogconcepts 8 years ago

Wow! And not far from my home town of Melbourne too. Very cool things for those prepared to really look :)

Jopy 8 years ago


Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 8 years ago


Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Thanks Reza, Caleb.

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Dec 31, 2014
Submitted on Jan 21, 2015

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