Wallflower Donkey Orchid

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Diuris orientis aka Wallflower Donkey Orchid
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Angiosperms
Class: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Orchidoideae
Tribe: Diurideae
Horsnell Gully – October, 2013 – sunny, pleasant, moist conditions

Photo: Michal Dutkiewicz

Diuris, also called Donkey Orchids, mimic pea species in the shape and colour of their flowers to attract pollinators of pea species, but they are also pollinated by Hoverflies – Their name derives from the vaguely donkey-eared shape of the two upper side petals.

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