West Australian Orchids by Emily Pelloe

West Australian Orchids

West Australian Orchids

West Australian Orchids by Emily Pelloe. “Half hiding, half peeping, the orchids appear”

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Orchid Illustration 1 – Caladenia

Orchid Illustration 1 - Caladenia

Illustration of sixteen West Australian orchids from the genus Caladenia, by Emily Pelloe.

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Orchid Illustration 2

Orchid Illustration 2

Illustration of nine West Australian orchids, by Emily Pelloe.

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Orchid Illustration 3

Orchid Illustration 3

Illustration of fourteen West Australian orchids, by Emily Pelloe.

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West Australian Orchid Types

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Orchids are usually termed the aristocrats of plant life. The presence of over 130 species in Western Australia adds considerable interest to the study of her magnificent and world-famous flora. The order or family Orchidaceae was originally defined by Haller in the 18th Century, its name being adapted from the root of Orchis, a well-known […]

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Naming and Classification of Orchids

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Orchids, like all other classified plants, have two names. The first, usually of Greek derivation, denotes the genus to which it belongs, and the second, generally a Latin word, the species. In some cases personal names commemorating distinguished botanists and others have been used, but the names, when translated, usually indicate some characteristic of genus […]

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Structure, Fertilization and Reproduction of Orchids

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The chief characteristic of an orchid flower is the column, composed of the united male and female generative organs, stamens and pistil, and bearing upon it a small button-like projection known as the rostellum, covered, like the stigma, with a sticky glue like substance attractive to insects. Orchids are fertilised by pollen-grains falling from the […]

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Collection of Orchids

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The study of orchids should appeal to any lover of Nature’s beauty and wonders, and is one to be encouraged. Orchid-hunting is a delightful pastime entailing much healthful walking exercise, and adding unending charm to bush excursions. The interest of the beginner who has acquired some knowledge of species and habits, rapidly becomes the enthusiasm […]

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Glossary of Orchid Terms

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Acurninat, tapering to a point. Anther, the part of a flower containing pollen. Awned, bristly or bearded. Basal, relating to or forming the base of any part of a flower or leaf Bract, a leaf usually smaller than the true leaves of a plant, from which a flower-stalk arises, or any modified leaf or scale […]

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Caladenia

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Caladenia [kal-a-dean-ee-er] from kalos, beautiful, and adenos, a gland, referring to the glands on the lip, and the great beauty of the Species generally. A large genus of hairy plants, with several species in New Zealand, and between 60 and 70 endemic to Australia, and chiefly represented in Western Australia. Caldenia species are readily distinguished […]

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