It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane … No, It’s an Orchid !

Flying Duck Orchid (Caleana major ) 

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The scientific name for this unique Australian flower is Caleana, but is more commonly known as The Duck Orchid. The two petals in the back make this flower appear like a bird in flight which makes the labellum, the lips appear larger than they really are.

This orchid is only found in the wildlife of Australia where it originates so you might be disappointed if you try to grow your own Duck Orchid. It’s height is about 50 centimeters and almost becomes invisible in the wild due to it’s deep purple and red coloring.

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Isn’t Mother Nature Amazing ?? 🙂

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