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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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44 Comments (1–25)

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 3 years ago

Thanks HazelMarley

HazelMarley
HazelMarley 3 years ago

I've never seen anything like that before!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 5 years ago

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

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 5 years ago

Thanks gargameo

gargameo
gargameo 5 years ago

Great photo, congrats!

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 5 years ago

Thanks Alice & ulvalactuca77

ulvalactuca77
ulvalactuca77 5 years ago

This is amazing.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 5 years ago

Really Cool!

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 5 years ago

Thanks Leanne

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 5 years ago

Absolutely amazing! Congrats Mac.

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 5 years ago

Thanks Maria & Harsha

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 5 years ago

This is so amazing! congrats Mac.

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

Beautiful - congratulations!

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 5 years ago

Thanks to everyone for your comments on this spotting

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 5 years ago

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

RiekoS
RiekoS 5 years ago

Beautiful and congratulations!

Wow! perfectly named.
Beautiful shot, congratulations.

LisaPowers
LisaPowers 5 years ago

Fabulous!

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

Congratulation on a well deserved SotD !

MarcTe
MarcTe 5 years ago

Amazing spotting!!!! Congrats for the SOTD

ScottHarte
ScottHarte 5 years ago

Sweet, great find

DoinaRussu
DoinaRussu 5 years ago

so beautiful! compliments!

BelaArora
BelaArora 5 years ago

It's spectacular!

beautiful

NSW, Australia

Lat: -29.48, Long: 152.32

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

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