Tag Archives: Scott Creek Conservation Park

A Paler Waxlip

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Glossodia major aka Purple Cockatoo Orchid, Waxlip Orchid
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Glossodia major aka Purple Cockatoo Orchid, Waxlip Orchid

Glossodia major aka Purple Cockatoo Orchid, Waxlip Orchid
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Angiospermae
Class: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Orchidoideae
Tribe: Diurideae
Subtribe: Caladeniinae
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Scott Creek Conservation Park – October, 2013 – sunny, windy conditions
Bottom:
Morialta Conservation Park – September, 2013 – wet conditions

Photos: Michal Dutkiewicz

The Purple Cockatoo Orchid, Glossodia major, also known as the Waxlip, also occurs in this pale form – I don’t think this is a true albino, but there is another form which seems to be almost pure white, but I have only seen those in photos. It makes a striking change to see these in the Bush.

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Horse Dung Fungus: 1

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Pisolithus tinctorius (or Pisolithus arhizus) aka Horse Dung Fungus, Iron Ball Fungus, Bohemian Truffle (?)
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Boletales
Family: Sclerodermataceae
Scott Creek Conservation Park – 2013-10 – on dry path on hilltop

Photos: Michal Dutkiewicz

These are puffballs that resemble horse dung. They have a tough, leathery outer skin full of a fleshy material when young, but in mature specimens, this turns into brown spore dust that is released when the skin dries, ages and ruptures – Wikipedia says “Pisolithus tinctorius is also a major component in Mycorrhizae fungi mixtures that are used in gardening as powerful root stimulators.” – I will post younger specimens soon.