King Spider Orchid
Purple Helmet Orchid
|Class:||Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Orchids|
|Family:||Orchid (Orchidaceae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||King Spider Orchid (Arachnorchis tentaculata)|
|This Photo:||🔍Above, close🔎|
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.