King Spider Orchid
20 Day Flower, above
Adelaide Hills
Veined Helmet Orchid
Leaf
 
    
King Spider Orchid (Arachnorchis tentaculata)Class: Plant (Plantae) - Orchids
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchid (Orchidaceae)
Species: King Spider Orchid (Arachnorchis tentaculata)
This Photo:     33 Day Flower, starting to dry
Synonym: Caladenia tentaculata

General Species Information:
Found in the Adelaide Hills
We were quite amazed this, one and only flower we've ever had, lasted for over a month. So a number of shots shown here as it's ages.
On the 1st day it took quite a while to unravel, but by the 2nd day you can see the lower petals have crossed and the top petal hanging overhead in an arc; almost like a ballarina.
A large native orchid standing at about 300mm high, with the labelum being about 10mm wide and the petals approximately 40mm long.

Copyright © 2016- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 16-Nov-2016
This species is an Australian Native Species