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Flying Duck Orchid

Caleana major

Description:

Ground orchid

Habitat:

Elevation 800m on a granite outcrop

Notes:

Resembling a caricature of a flying duck, this distinctive species produces up to five flowers between spring and summer. While not overly common, it is widespread in eastern Australia and Tasmania. It is reliant on a Tulasnella fungus to germinate and deceives wasps into pollinating it.

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45 Comments (1–25)

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 5 years ago

Thanks HazelMarley

HazelMarley
HazelMarley 5 years ago

I've never seen anything like that before!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 7 years ago

WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 7 years ago

Thanks gargameo

gargameo
gargameo 7 years ago

Great photo, congrats!

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 7 years ago

Thanks Alice & ulvalactuca77

ulvalactuca77
ulvalactuca77 7 years ago

This is amazing.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 7 years ago

Really Cool!

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 7 years ago

Thanks Leanne

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 7 years ago

Absolutely amazing! Congrats Mac.

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 7 years ago

Thanks Maria & Harsha

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 7 years ago

This is so amazing! congrats Mac.

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

Beautiful - congratulations!

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 7 years ago

Thanks to everyone for your comments on this spotting

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 7 years ago

What a great flower Mac ... aptly named! Congratulations on your SOTD!

RiekoS
RiekoS 7 years ago

Beautiful and congratulations!

Wow! perfectly named.
Beautiful shot, congratulations.

LisaPowers
LisaPowers 7 years ago

Fabulous!

great capture MacChristiansen,congrats on the SOTD and thanks for sharing

Congratulation on a well deserved SotD !

MarcTe
MarcTe 7 years ago

Amazing spotting!!!! Congrats for the SOTD

ScottHarte
ScottHarte 7 years ago

Sweet, great find

DoinaRussu
DoinaRussu 7 years ago

so beautiful! compliments!

BelaArora
BelaArora 7 years ago

It's spectacular!

beautiful

MacChristiansen
Spotted by
MacChristiansen

Gibraltar Range, New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Oct 12, 2013
Submitted on Oct 12, 2013

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