Final meeting for the year
(bring items for auctioning & wallet for spending)
(bring items for the raffle)
(bring pictures of Duck Orchids for the competition)
......and don't forget a plate for supper.
October's winner was Pauline Meyer's picture of Arachnorchis fuliginosa (syn. Caladenia fuliginosa).
Fuliginosa meaning abundant soot refers to the dark drooping segments, hence one of its common names is Sooty Spider Orchid. Another common name, Coastal Spider Orchid indicates that it is a coastal species, of the southern Yorke Peninsula.
Endemic to South Australia, the species is rare. It has a preference for alkaline soil can be found growing on sand hills amongst sedges, low heath and cypress pine.
Flowering in August and September, it is easily recognised by its large pale yellow flower with its dark thick tapered segments on its (relatively) short stem, distinct perfume and habitat.