Red Beard Orchid

What is funny-looking orchid! This is one of the reasons I love orchids – there are plenty of bizarre ones out there, and their appearances have something to do with their survival/pollination.

Found on Mr.¬†Honorio Sarmiento’s Facebook page.

“Calochilus paludosus, the Red Beard Orchid or Red Beardie is a small Australian orchid found. Not a particularly common species, but it may be seen in swampy heathland, as well as dry ridges in mountain country. Flowering occurs in early spring. The specific epithet paludosus refers to marshy ground. However, this plant also is seen in well drained soils.”

Calochilus paludosus the Red Beard Orchid or Red Beardie

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