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Blue China Orchid
Leaping Spider Orchid
"Each and every species of flowering plant has its own unique evolutionary
story that's closely coupled with the animals that pollinate it.
But one family of flowering plant has developed this relationship in more complex ways than any other,
and in doing so has become the most numerous, and diverse, on the planet."
David Attenborough on Orchids.
Pink Enamel Orchid
White Spider Orchid
Queen of Sheba
There are an estimated 25,000 species of orchid on this planet,
representing 10 per cent of all flowering plants. The South-west Region of
Western Australia contains about 400 species of terrestrial orchid.
All orchids are perennial (long living) and have:
- 5 simple parts - two petals and three sepals.
- 2 compound parts - the labellum and column.
- The labellum is the 3rd petal - usually highly modified.
- The column is the central reproductive organ that contains both male and female parts - stamens and stigmas.
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This amazing and very rare orchid blooms underground and obtains its energy
from fungus in the roots of the Melalueca bush under which it grows.
Underground Orchid and Wolf Spider