Early orchids for 2024

Another orchid season in the south west of Western Australia starts to get underway for 2024 and two of the early orchids are the banded greenhood (Pterostylis vittata) and the winter spider orchid (Caladenia drummondii).

Winter spider orchid – Caladenia drummondii

The winter spiders are quite lovely with a lot of character and colour variation but they are also very small and hard to find. How small?

Tiny

Oh yeah, these things are tiny, well they can be, they tend to rand from about 5cm up to maybe 15cm, the ones I found were mainly tiny and I had to be very careful not to tread on them as they are quite well disguised in amongst the leaf litter.

Spot the orchid

They grow mostly in mallee country and similar woodlands of the wheatbelt areas in amongst the leaf litter. My hunting was mainly around the areas east of Katanning and I was lucky enough to find hundreds of them over a couple of days,

Like a ballerina

 

Closeup

 

Shiny

 

The mozzies were out too.

 

A baby octopus?

 

Nice

 

Flying

 

Spider on spider

See the tiny spider hanging off this one?

Spider

It’s tiny.

Nice backdrop

Now onto the other orchids I’ve seen over the past couple of weeks, the banded greenhood and a few hare orchids. Usually I’m bored with seeing banded greenhoods, they flower over quite a long period and they are wide spread over the areas I go hunting, and well, quite boring to a degree.

banded greenhood

So today, as there wasn’t really anything else around to photograph, I spent the day grovelling around in the dirt getting some different angled shots of these.

Greenhood closeup

 

Green veins

 

 

Hare orchid – Leporella fimbriata

Oh and the hare orchids of course. Still a few of these around although it’s a little late in the season, though I haven’t seen to many of them this year, perhaps not a great season for them, at least not in my usual haunts.

Hare

 

An old hare

Old and tired hare orchid, aptly how I felt after a long day out hunting, rolling around in the dirt.

 

Greenhood

 

 

furry tongue

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