Orchidaceae Caladenia alba, White Fingers Orchid, Spring in Reedy Creek.

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Broadford, Australia

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Orchidaceae Caladenia alba, White Fingers Orchid, Spring in Reedy Creek, 2008. The only other possible species would be the related Caladenia augustata. If you know for sure, please do not hesitate to drop me a line.
I live in rural Victoria which is in the midst of a nine year drought. If you are a sensitive soul you will be able to imagine my joy when I came across a small gully in state forest near Broadford which was simply filled with hundreds of these and some other species of native orchids!
For those of you who don’t know, these delicate little floral gems are about 3 cms across and stand about 10cms form the ground on a single stalk. the leaves come later. they grow from a small cluster of bulbous roots. before colonisation, local folk knew which species had edible root structures. They are, of course, protected by law now. No picking!

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