Mayfly Orchid

Posted by ChrisRoss on Mon Jul 04, 2022 9:09 pm

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Mayfly Orchid  Acianthus caudatus

The mayfly orchid is also known "Dead Horse" as in warm weather it smells of rotting flesh.  Luckily it was a cool day when I found this one, there were a few growing beside a track.  It's quite a small orchid with the labellum only 5-6mm long but the sepals are very long - maybe 30mm, for a total flower height of 60mm or so.

Chose a cropped in view for this shot, I've linked below a full view showing the extent of the sepals.  Image is a 24 frame stack.

Larger image:  Acianthus
Full view:  Acianthus-Whole plant

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by Swissblad on Tue Jul 05, 2022 12:22 am
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Fascinating plant - especially the view of the whole plant.
Look forward to seeing more of your exotic varieties!

by david fletcher on Tue Jul 05, 2022 2:21 am
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Remarkable image Chris. Super work on the stacking and the full view a very welcome and pleasant option.
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by ADKShooter on Tue Jul 05, 2022 4:21 am
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Interesting looking plant and terrific work showing it as a stacked image. I really enjoyed seeing the full plant to give your post greater context.

by Cynthia Crawford on Tue Jul 05, 2022 4:58 am
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Thanks for both shots- an amazing orchid well shown and explained. So alien to my world- wonderful shots and education. :)
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by Tom Whelan on Tue Jul 05, 2022 10:36 pm
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Lovely in this view, the full image with the extravagant curving petal is also wonderful.

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by Carol Clarke on Wed Jul 06, 2022 4:21 am
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Amazing detail! The full view is so beautiful, Chris - I love that one.

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