King Spider Orchid
Above, whole
Adelaide Hills
Purple Helmet Orchid
King Spider Orchid (Arachnorchis tentaculata)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Orchids
Order: Asparagus (Asparagales)
Family: Orchid (Orchidaceae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: King Spider Orchid (Arachnorchis tentaculata)
This Photo:     🔍Above, close🔎
Synonym: Caladenia tentaculata

Thank you Reiner Richter & Geoffrey Cox for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found in the Adelaide Hills, Coastal Areas and possibly elsewhere
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 © 2022 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 18-Oct-2022
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.