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Flying Duck orchid (Caleana major) A small cluster of about a dozen were found in dry sandy loam beside a walking track. Plants were about 280mm tall. The Duck is about 20mm from top to bottom. Australia,Caleana major,Flying Duck Orchid,Geotagged,Langwarrin Reserve,Spring Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Flying Duck orchid (Caleana major)

A small cluster of about a dozen were found in dry sandy loam beside a walking track. Plants were about 280mm tall. The Duck is about 20mm from top to bottom.

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''Caleana major'', the Flying Duck Orchid, is a small orchid found in eastern and southern Australia. This terrestrial plant features a remarkable flower, resembling a duck in flight. The flower is an attractant to insects, such as male sawflies which pollinate the flower in a process known as pseudocopulation. In 1986 this orchid was featured on an Australian postage stamp.

Species identified by Mark Ridgway
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By Mark Ridgway

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Uploaded Oct 28, 2015. Captured Oct 23, 2015 03:18 in Centre Break, Langwarrin VIC 3910, Australia.
  • DSC-HX30V
  • f/4.0
  • 1/125s
  • ISO100
  • 9.43mm