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Pink Fairies In Aldinga Scrub – A Caladenia Orchid

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Caladenia latifolia aka Pink Fairies, Pink Fairy Orchid
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Angiosperms
Class: Monocots (or Liliopsida…?!)
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Orchidoideae
Aldinga Scrub – August 16th, 2014 – overcast conditions

Another Orchid that can be overlooked in passing because of its resemblance to the more common Glossodia major, or Purple Cockatoo, aka Waxlip, Orchid – It was a very exhilarating find for my brother and I – It was very close to the Cladia ferdinandii (Coral Lichen) enclosure – For more information on this species, look here: http://www.oznativeplants.com/plantdetail/Pink-Fairy-Orchid/Caladenia/latifolia/zz.html

Blue Fairies Are Uncommon

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Pheladenia deformis aka Bluebeard Caladenia, Blue Fairies Orchid
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Angiospermae
Class: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Black Hill Conservation Park, South Australia – September 6th, 2014 – sunny, mild conditions

When I see these, they have been solitary specimens – I have been with people on two occasions when they have exclaimed – “Glossodia, the Purple Cockatoo Orchid!”, but look again at that rich cobalt colour and that strange, convoluted dark centre…┬ásomething else entirely!