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Is This A Flower Only A Pollinator Could Love?

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Pterostylis (Urochilus) sanguinea aka Urochilus sanguineus, Banded Greenhood
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Angiosperm
Class: Monocot
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Orchidoideae
Tribe: Diurideae
Aldinga Scrub, South Australia – August 16th, 2014 – overcast conditions with occasional light rain

Photos: Michal Dutkiewicz

Well, what do you think? – Is This A Flower Only A Pollinator Could Love?

Flowers are more than symbols, more than decoration – This isn’t a flower only pollinators can love, this is a flower for the adventurous, the intellectually divergent, the quirky, the big-of-heart – Once you embrace this Quasimodo of a flower, you are embracing a richer, deeper beauty and you will be the richer for it!

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Maroonhood

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Pterostylis pedunculata aka Maroonhood
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Angiosperm
Class: Monocot
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Orchidoideae
Tribe: Diurideae
Horsnell Gully, South Australia – October, 2013 – mild, sunny conditions amongst ferns and moss

… on a tiny, rocky ledge just a hand span from a tiny stream in a shady spot

The Parrot’s Beak Orchid

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Pterostylis nutans aka Nodding Greenhood or the Parrot’s Beak Orchid
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Angiosperm
Class: Monocot
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Orchidoideae
Tribe: Diurideae
Lobethal Bushland Park, South Australia – July 13th, 2014 – soggy conditions amongst rock ferns on sclerophyll forest floor

When I first saw this species, I had no idea what it was – It was one of the strangest plants I had seen – It is larger than its little cousin, Pterostylis (Linguella) nana, and it is quite hunched over or nodding – The flower is translucent and it has a strangeness that can really fascinate a photographer.

A Little Hood

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Pterostylis nana aka Linguella nana, Dwarf Greenhood, Tiny Pterostylis or Snail Orchid
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Angiosperm
Class: Monocot
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Orchidoideae
Tribe: Diurideae
Cromer Conservation Park, South Australia – July 28th, 2014 – soggy conditions, amongst moss and leaf litter on ground

We had wanted to see Greenhoods in Cromer, but had seen nothing all day – I turned to my brother who was doing a grid search some yards away and said dispiritedly “We’re never going to see any Orchids here!” – I slumped my shoulders and looked away from my brother at the ground, and I kid you not – There exactly where I was eyeballing was a species I had never seen before – It was so small that when I looked away to call the others excitedly (We do a lot of that, by the way),  and looking back, I was momentarily distressed because I couldn’t see it! – Since then it has been our practice in times of slim pickins’ to exclaim theatrically “We’re never going to find Orchids here!” – Heehee!