One aspect which makes orchid really appealing is their variety and beauty. They are stunning pieces of artwork. Here are some photographs of some of the spider orchids (Arachnorchis) that grow in South Australia.
The most common spider orchid is the King Spider Orchid, Arachnorchis tentaculata. It is a stunning orchid, and one of the larger ones, being up to 10 cm across.
The Queen Spider orchid, Arachnorchis leptochila, is not as common in South Australia. It is smaller than its sister, and has a more rigid flower.
There are many other spider orchids, but one of my favourite ones would have to be Arachnorchis rigida. It’s white petals are so crisp. This is also quite a small flower.
Its nice that I am discovering more features on the new camera, or rather my very kind brother is showing me them as he finds them. Anyway, three weeks ago when I photographed the Arachnorchis rigida, I felt that the pictures had way to much blue in them. Since then, I learnt how to adjust the white balance, and so now the pictures are closer to the true colours.
I love this picture of these two spider orchids, Arachnorchis tentaculata, which are hugging each other. I did not realize that they had two different stem colours, until I looked at the photograph. Interestingly, the digital camera did not show this as vividly. Below is another view of the same two orchids.
Another orchid that I saw recently was of the Purple Cockatoo Orchid, Glossodia major. There was a lovely patch of well over a hundred plants. I had first found this patch while all the orchids were in bud, but when I went back two weeks later, more than half had finished flowering. This species has a lot of diversification in colour from a deep purple right through to pure white.