Christmas Bells

Christmas Bells
Christmas Bells - Blandfordia nobilis

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Fringed Midge Orchid - Corunastylis fimbriata

I was shown this plant the other day, by my new-found colleague who spotted the beautiful Chequered Swallowtail Butterfly.

It is easily enough recognised, as the Fringed Midge Orchid, Corunastylis fimbriata.

It is just coming into flower along Tourist Road, Kangaloon.
Corunastylis fimbriata

The flower stems are about 30 cm tall(approx 1 foot in the old money). The flowers are not large, unless you are comparing them with the other minuscule Corunastylis I have seen recently. Then this one is a giant - but only then.

The "labellum" is noticeably hairy, and the labellum is so lightly "hinged" that the labellum flutters in the breeze, or if you blow on it.

If you study the photo (click to enlarge it) you can see that the dorsal sepal is also hairy, and even the petals (on the side of the flower) are hairy too.
This contrasts with the recent photos of Corunastylis plumosa and C. sagittifera.

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