Small Gnat Orchid: 1

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Cyrtostylis reniformis aka Small Gnat Orchid
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Angiosperms
Class: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Orchidoideae
Tribe: Diurideae
Subtribe: Acianthinae
Monarto Conservation Park, South Australia – August 28th, 2014 – warm, sunny, dry conditions in sandy soil

Photos: Michal Dutkiewicz

Current thinking is that there may be two species – These specimens were photographed in near-desert conditions on a very warm, winter’s day – They are related to the Acianthus genus and their kin, which includes the Mosquito and Mayfly Orchids.

Not all plants look as pristine and “display-room fresh” as the studio shots of subjects taken in perfect conditions – The little battlers in these pictures are only about 2-3cm or so high and they were quite faded, dehydrated and bedraggled, but that is interesting in itself – Showing “Life in the raw”!

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2 thoughts on “Small Gnat Orchid: 1”

  1. I’m new to orchids, and I find it next to impossible to tell the Gnats, Mosquitos and Mayflies apart. Maybe a trio of photos – one of each species – would be useful…?

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