Blue Fairies Are Uncommon

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Pheladenia deformis aka Bluebeard Caladenia, Blue Fairies Orchid
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Angiospermae
Class: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Black Hill Conservation Park, South Australia – September 6th, 2014 – sunny, mild conditions

When I see these, they have been solitary specimens – I have been with people on two occasions when they have exclaimed – “Glossodia, the Purple Cockatoo Orchid!”, but look again at that rich cobalt colour and that strange, convoluted dark centre…¬†something else entirely!


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