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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 8 years ago

Thanks HazelMarley

HazelMarley
HazelMarley 8 years ago

I've never seen anything like that before!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 10 years ago

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

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 10 years ago

Thanks gargameo

gargameo
gargameo 10 years ago

Great photo, congrats!

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 10 years ago

Thanks Alice & ulvalactuca77

ulvalactuca77
ulvalactuca77 10 years ago

This is amazing.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 10 years ago

Really Cool!

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 10 years ago

Thanks Leanne

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 10 years ago

Absolutely amazing! Congrats Mac.

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 10 years ago

Thanks Maria & Harsha

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 10 years ago

This is so amazing! congrats Mac.

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

Beautiful - congratulations!

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 10 years ago

Thanks to everyone for your comments on this spotting

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 10 years ago

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

RiekoS
RiekoS 10 years ago

Beautiful and congratulations!

Agustín Amenabar L
Agustín Amenabar L 10 years ago

Wow! perfectly named.
Beautiful shot, congratulations.

LisaPowers
LisaPowers 10 years ago

Fabulous!

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

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 10 years ago

Congratulation on a well deserved SotD !

MarcTe
MarcTe 10 years ago

Amazing spotting!!!! Congrats for the SOTD

ScottHarte
ScottHarte 10 years ago

Sweet, great find

DoinaRussu
DoinaRussu 10 years ago

so beautiful! compliments!

BelaArora
BelaArora 10 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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