Christmas Bells

Christmas Bells
Christmas Bells - Blandfordia nobilis
Showing posts with label Barrengarry_NR. Show all posts
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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Magnificent Turpentine Tree

Alan and I went into the Barrengarry Nature Reserve last week, looking for Chiloglottis plants.
But I could not resist posing beside the trunk of this magnificent old Turpentine Tree (Syncarpia glomulifera)
How old is this mighty tree?
(Photo: Alan Stephenson)
   I jokingly said I needed to hold my tummy in, but as you can see, that did not work.
Me posing with this huge Turpentine Tree trunk.
(Photo: Alan Stephenson)
Here are some photos of the small ground Orchids from the forest floor.
Chiloglottis reflexa, the so-called "Short-clubbed Wasp Orchid"
These Orchids get their name from their relationship with Wasps
which assist in pollination
through a complex process of scent production to dupe the wasps
into believing the flower is actually a female wasp.
Chiloglottis reflexa - side view
 You can see this nicely formed "pseudo-insect"
or gland, or "osmophore"
on the labellum.
Chiloglottis reflexa

osmophore: a scent-producing gland.