Hy­brid the­ory for odd Ongerup orchid

Great Southern Herald - - News - Saskia Adysti

Terry Dun­ham from Ongerup re­cently found this in­ter­est­ing na­tive orchid along Carny Road, east of Ongerup.

It is a fringed man­tis orchid — Calade­nia fal­cata — that does not have the up­swept lat­eral sepals found in most fringed man­tis orchid flow­ers.

This flower has a lime green colour, whereas nor­mal spec­i­mens would have red and green petals.

Mr Dun­ham said there was a pos­si­bil­ity this orchid was a cross with an­other Calade­nia species that grows in the sur­round­ing area.

He said dur­ing this time of the year Ongerup will be­come an orchid hotspot, and he had dis­cov­ered many orchid species in the area over the years.

Mr Dun­ham lives in Ongerup and spends most of his days in the bush as he hunts for new orchid species lo­cally and along the south­ern coast.

Pic­tures: Terry Dun­ham

The green fringed man­tis orchid Terry Dun­ham spot­ted in Ongerup.

A more usual fringed man­tis orchid.

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