Luzula meridionalis aka Common Woodrush (?)
Phylum (?): Angiosperms
Class (?): Monocots
Subclass (?): Commelinids
Anstey Hill Conservation Park, South Australia – August 24th, 2014 – on the high trails
As an artist, I respond to the less obvious and dramatic colours of this species, and the shapes are very dramatic – The two hanging petals seem to curve back more than Diuris orientis – I am such a fan of this species, and I waited a year to get these shots, never imagining I would find such large and splendid examples in one location, but as I have said before, our orchids are almost always smaller than their tropical counterparts, and these are no exception!
We had to head up to the higher sunny spots on Anstey Hill to find these, and they were an exhilarating sight – I nearly walked straight off an unexpected cliff I was so entranced – They were very plentiful, and their unusual colours immediately set them apart from Diuris orientis, the Wallflower Donkey Orchid.
Caladenia (Arachnorchis) reticulata aka Veined Caladenia
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.