Veined Caladenia

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Caladenia (Arachnorchis) reticulata aka Veined Caladenia
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Angiospermae
Class: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Anstey Hill Conservation Park – September 6th, 2014 – warm, dry conditions on high meadows

Photos: Michal Dutkiewicz

Even though these orchids occurred side-by-side, I am not entirely convinced all these pics are of the same species – Spider orchids are amazing plants to photograph with a macro lense – Caladenia reticulata is pollinated by Phymatothynnus victor, a Wasp, which is attracted to the flower  – The Orchid uses a remarkable combination of appearance and scent to convince the Wasp it is a potential mate.

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