Elbow Orchid

Posted by ChrisRoss on Fri Jan 14, 2022 8:40 pm

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Elbow Orchid Thynniorchis huntiana

One of the strangest orchids around, the elbow orchid is leafless and most of the year exists as an underground tuber and puts up a this tiny flower in late spring.   The labellum on the right is an imitation wasp and when the male wasp tries to fly off with it to mate, it swings on the elbow hitting the pollinia in centre frame. 

This is about half life size and the labellum maybe 6-8mm long.  20 frame stack in Helicon focus for depth of field, about the limit with the breeze, I'll have to go back next year to try for a deeper stack.

Larger image:  Elbow orchid
Labellum closeup:  labellum

Olympus OM-D EM-1 MkII + 60mm macro, plamps, diffuser.

1/160 @ f3.5 ISO200.
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by Tom Whelan on Sat Jan 15, 2022 12:06 am
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What an extraordinary flower and an excellent capture.

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by david fletcher on Sat Jan 15, 2022 2:14 am
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Fabulous close up in all regards Chris.
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by Carol Clarke on Sat Jan 15, 2022 8:26 am
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What an excellent capture of this amazing orchid, Chris! Amazing how nature finds a way.

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by Neil Vanderwolf on Sat Jan 15, 2022 6:34 pm
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What a fascinating flower and thanks for the accompanying story, great post!

by Darren5907 on Sat Jan 15, 2022 10:21 pm
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Lovely stack. Intriguing nature.

by ADKShooter on Mon Jan 17, 2022 10:20 am
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Your text adds a lot of interest to this image as I found myself looking at the flower's parts to follow your comments. Well done and nicely stacked.

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