Rock Orchid. by Bette Devine

Thelichiton speciosus.
Family: Orchidaceae.
Found in Queensland and northern New South Wales, Australia.
Photographed at the Maranoa Garden, Balwyn, Victoria.

Many years ago I painted. Then I realised that I did better at photography than painting – and that has been my medium of expression ever since.

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  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenover 2 years ago

    Beautiful work Bette,have a good day.

  • Thank you Warren – am about to go to another pre-Christmas lunch!

    – Bette Devine

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture Bette.

  • I’m happy that you like it, Colin.

    – Bette Devine

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseover 2 years ago

    Great capture Bette,,,in the thumbnail they looked like bananas, LOL!!!

  • Thanks, Dlouise! They look a bit like bananas in real life too, until they start to open out.

    – Bette Devine

  • Lynn Gedeon
    Lynn Gedeonover 2 years ago

    What a pretty, little orchid, Bette! I agree with Dorothy, they look like a bunches of bananas!

  • Thanks Lynn. I’ve been remiss again – I should have given some indication of their size. The flowers are actually 3 – 4 inches long, so they are not so little!

    – Bette Devine

  • orkology
    orkologyover 2 years ago

    Hi Bette
    Thelychiton speciosus as a name is not widely accepted yet, and may be rejected soon (the latest research doesn’t seem to support it). The species is more widely known as Dendrobium speciosum, although the flowers are rarely the 8-10cm across dimensions in that species (more usually so in Dendrobium rex – a.k.a. D. speciosum var. grandiflorum), this one usually being 6-7cm across if it opens widely (which it also, regrettably, doesn’t do often).
    Cheers, Greg

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineover 2 years ago

    Thanks for your comment, Greg. I gave approximate measurements for the length of the unopened petals, not the width of the flower. The name I copied from the tag on the plant at the gardens. it is so confusing when names are changed – as they are often, it seems to me!

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