Hybrid orchids

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We are finding more and more hybrid orchids around. These are where two different orchids have cross pollinate. This is being caused by the European bee which as an introduced species doesn’t stick to on type of orchid.

You will be pleased to know that when we go orchid hunting, my friend and I, you will hear a shout and then the other will say, “what have you found?” To which the reply comes, a funnel web, or a leopard, or a bee……. if they say a tiger, you know that it’s a snake and time to get out of there, but the others are all orchids and we are very excited when we find them:)

This is a hybrid of a karri spider and a funnel-web spider orchid.

Caladenia brownii x caladenia infundibularis

hybrid between a karri spider orchid and a funnel-web spider orchid









This is the Karri Spider orchid

caladenia brownii

karri spider orchid









And this is the funnel web spider orchid

Funnel-web spider orchid

caladenia infundibularis









These are a few others to whet your appetitie.

This is my friend climbing up on a log to get the shot....the things we do for a good shot.

This is my friend climbing up on a log to get the shot….the things we do for a good shot.

Blue lady a sun orchid

Blue lady a sun orchid

Queen of Sheeba

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If you are an orchid lover like me you will know how that name gets the heart beating and the pulse racing. The Queen of Sheeba is one very rare and very beautiful lady.

I could add it here, but where’s the fun in that…

we were traveling and asking all we passed if they had seen any orchids, after two days at one camp someone let us know they had found the Queen..

Excitement plus as we raced to get instructions, pack up camp and head out, she never hangs around very long.

Later that day after arriving at our destination and not finding her we cast the net a bit wider and started a serious search and the shout went up…..we had found her!!!

Okay enough? Here she is….

Northern Queen of Sheeba

Terrestail orchid western Australia









Was it worth the wait! It was for us. We took lots of photos, side on, top view, leaf, back view and more. This is the photo tip, when you get presented with once in a life time opportunities take as many images as you can, if you have a chance, walk away, have a look at the images, check you have what you want, if not go and take some more, even if you have, check all your settings and then take some more. You can always delete some you may never get the chance to take it again.

Northern Queen of Sheeba leaf

curly leaf

back of northern Queen of Sheeba

back of orchid

Northern Queen of Sheeba

Terrestial orchid
















I hope you enjoyed meeting this lady as much as I did. By next week I will have many more wildflowers to share with you as we are now back in Perth and I have some time and some internet!!!