Tag Archives: Acianthus

Small Mosquito Orchid In Aldinga Scrub: 1

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Acianthus pusillus aka Small Mosquito Orchid
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Angiospermae
Class: Monocots (?)
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Orchidoideae
Tribe: Diurideae
Subtribe: Acianthinae
Aldinga Scrub, South Australia – August 16th, 2014 – overcast conditions with occasional light rain

Photos: Michal Dutkiewicz

This is one of the smallest Orchids in the World, as far as I know – It’s so small, you need to use manual focus most of the time – Not a favourite with Orchid-lovers, but for those who love the unusual, this is really something. These were quite abundant in the Aldinga Scrub – Here’s a Link to John Walmsley’s page:

http://www.johnwamsley.com/may10.html

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”!

The Very Gothic-Looking Mayfly Orchid

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Acianthus caudatus aka Mayfly Orchid
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Angiospermae
Class: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Mark Oliphant Conservation Park – August 23rd, 2014 – Cool, wet conditions

This is a species not widely appreciated by Orchid-lovers – It’s very hard to photograph, especially if you are using Auto Focus, it’s tiny, and its colours would be right at home on the set of Alien – It also looks manky, but on the right day, and with a macro lense, it can look extraordinary and full of character – We waited for weeks to get these shots, searching high and low up and down hills all the while! – Finally, Adam spotted these on an unpromising bit of dirt roadwork – I was very surprised by both the location and their pristine condition.