Name: Arachnorchis rosella Common Name Rosella Spider Orchid
    Synonym: Caladenia Rosella
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A recent fire had scorched the earth were we were walking, perhaps some Red Beaks, so we scanned the area thoroughly and came across this beautiful Rosella Spider orchid - a rare one to find indeed.  The wind was blowing a hard (who had their knee on the wind button I asked!) and the flowers moved in and out of the viewfinder.  Some were useable.  Well another year on the weather was perfect as was the timing.  I am now happy with the snaps I have.


Details (Vic):

Flowering:  Flowing from July to October, mainly between August to September.

Size: to 17cm, flower 1, to 60mm across.

Location:   Just a few locations, including Stawell and a few near Melbourne's East.  Found in Woodlands and open forests, mainly on dry West facing slopes on well drained soils.

Endemic, Endangered.

Still a very endangered orchid with only a dozen or so flowering orchids at the main site.