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Australia 2009 - Orchids - Arachnorchis species

Australia 2009 - Orchids - Arachnorchis species

The Queen of Sheba - Thelymitra speciosa - This flamboyant beauty is native to Western Australia. It grows in open, sandy clays in exposed plains within the Wheatbelt. It’s reliant upon Tulasnella fungi for germination. Orchids of this genus often mimic other nectar-providing plants in order to be pollinated, typically by bees.

The Queen of Sheba - Thelymitra speciosa - This flamboyant beauty is native to Western Australia. It grows in open, sandy clays in exposed plains within the Wheatbelt. It’s reliant upon Tulasnella fungi for germination. Orchids of this genus often mimic other nectar-providing plants in order to be pollinated, typically by bees.

Thelymitra variegata; Common Names: The Irregularily-Spotted Thelymitra / The Queen of Sheba Orchid

Thelymitra variegata; Common Names: The Irregularily-Spotted Thelymitra / The Queen of Sheba Orchid

Chromolithographic print of orchid Vanda lamellata boxallii from the rare book: The Orchid Album, Vol. 8, 1889. Drawn on stone by John Nugent Fitch.

Chromolithographic print of orchid Vanda lamellata boxallii from the rare book: The Orchid Album, Vol. 8, 1889. Drawn on stone by John Nugent Fitch.

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