Bonnet Orchid, Cryptostylis erecta by Michael John

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The Bonnet Orchid or Tartan Tongue Orchid (Cryptostylis erecta), is an orchid native to south eastern Australia.

Each flower has a prominent hood- or bonnet-shaped labellum with maroon stripes and markings on lilac. Arising around the labellum are the green long sepals.

Like other Australian members of its genus, it is pollinated by the ichneumon wasp known as the orchid dupe wasp (Lissopimpla excelsa), the males of which mistake the flower parts for female wasps and copulate with it.

Captured at Oatley Park south of Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Canon G12, as is.

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I live in Australia and enjoy bushwalking in the great outdoors, especially the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park.

My photographic interests are pretty much related to Australian landscapes, rustic Australia, historic Australia, Australian wildlife, flora, fauna, birds, etc. Guess I love the country I was born and live in.

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  • Michael John
    Michael Johnover 2 years ago

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 2 years ago

    So beautiful Michael.

  • Many thanks for your comment and fave Julie

    – Michael John

  • jainiemac
    jainiemacover 2 years ago

    love the title Tartan Tongue , beautiful image !!

  • Thank you!

    – Michael John

  • Mark Richards
    Mark Richardsover 2 years ago

    Wow, awesome shot Mike! And such an amazing plant.

  • Hey thanks Mark!

    – Michael John

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 2 years ago

    Gorgeous capture

  • Thanks

    – Michael John

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethover 2 years ago

    so beautiful! michael. well taken picture!!

  • Thank you!

    – Michael John

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 2 years ago

  • Thank you

    – Michael John

  • Louise Linossi Telfer
    Louise Linossi...over 2 years ago

    Orchids are such incredible flowers, this is beautiful

  • Thank you

    – Michael John

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    Nice work Michael

  • Thanks

    – Michael John

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Thanks

    – Michael John

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