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New orchids identified

It's been a fantastic season for wildflowers on the Co-op, especially for orchids: Spider orchids, Duck orchids, Tiger orchids, Leopard orchids, Beard orchids, Caladenia's and Sun-orchids in particular.

And two new orchid species were identified for the Bend of Islands.

The Forest Sun Orchid, Thelymitra arenaria, flowered in late October on a warm sunny afternoon. It's possible this orchid has been photographed in previous years but not correctly differentiated from the three other similar species with hooded post anther lobes, that we have in the area.

Cryptic Fingers, Caladenia mentiens, has a very small flower but a tall stem.

November 2020


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