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This beautiful orchid was growing in my sister’s garden.

We thought it looked pretty amazing, but after viewing the fine details through the eye of the macro lens we were even more impressed.

I’m still researching to find the name of this little gem. I was thinking it was a native Australian orchid but the research suggests otherwise.

Thanks to my sister for showing me this flower & also for the black tray used as a background.

Now identified as Bletilla striata , the China pink ground orchid thanks to Greg.

Photographed with a Canon 400D in Sydney, Australia.

Colour Me A Rainbow, Nov 2012.

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Country born & bred but now located in Sydney, Australia.

I’m fascinated by the beauty of nature & in particular Australian native flowers & landscapes. I also love colour & anything unusual.
The Blue Mountains are my favourite spot at the moment.

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  • Michael John
    Michael Johnover 3 years ago

    Interesting white frills on the lower petal there. Good one Michael.

  • Thanks Mike.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...over 3 years ago

    Oh, isn’t that beautiful… Lovely capture, Michael.

  • Sure is. Thanks Donna.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Carol2
    Carol2over 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture and color!!

  • Thanks Carol.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Beautiful colorful detail Michael

  • Thanks for the compliment & welcome Larry.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Suellen Cook
    Suellen Cookover 3 years ago

    beautiful orchid, such intricate structure

  • Just when you think you’ve seen them all, another beauty comes along. Glad you like it Suellen.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Loree McComb
    Loree McCombover 3 years ago

    absolutely gorgeous – so very different – happy you got the macro of this beauty

  • The breeze made it tricky but a little patience pays off. Thanks for the appreciation Loree.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Trudi's Images
    Trudi's Imagesover 3 years ago

    Lovely flower and capture Michael,pretty frills

  • Thanks Trudi.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52over 3 years ago

    What a stunning Orchard Micheal, great shot.

    Cheers Jude

  • Stunning is the word. Thanks for the compliment & fave Jude.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    What a stunner Michael !
    I have just spent some time browsing a couple of sites without success ….

  • Thanks for the appreciation & fave Trish. It looks like it’s not a common variety. My sister has promised to get me one when she visits our sister up north later this month. Thanks for doing some research.

    – Michael Matthews

  • orkology
    orkologyover 3 years ago

    Hi Michael

    It’s Bletilla striata , the China pink ground orchid – which does come from China.

    So, not a native I’m afraid.

    Cheers, Greg

  • Thanks for the identification Greg. I thought it looked like a native orchid I’d seen but wondered why I couldn’t find it on the native orchid sites.
    Looking at it now, I can understand.

    – Michael Matthews

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