Cyrtostylis reniformis aka Small Gnat Orchid
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”!