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PlantFiles: Species Orchid, Flying Duck Orchid, Larger Caleana
Caleana major

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Family: Orchidaceae (or-kid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Caleana (kal-ee-AN-uh) (Info)
Species: major (MAY-jor) (Info)

Synonym:Caleya major

10 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Perennials

Height:
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:
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Hardiness:
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Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
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Profile:

2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive noda On Jun 15, 2004, noda from yinnar south
Australia wrote:

i found the flying duck orchd on my property in its natural state at Yinnar Sth, 1 kilometer away from the morwell national park (Victoria ,Australia). It was situated under a canopy of iron barks and amongst dense scrub. We have only owned the property for 6 months, it was in flower at the time which i found it, late spring / early summer 2003
I have pressed speciman which is exactly replicated by the photo provided on this site.

Positive kennedyh On Jul 7, 2003, kennedyh from Churchill, Victoria
Australia (Zone 10a) wrote:

This is another delightful orchid that grows in Morwell National Park in Victoria, Australia. The flower has an amazing resemblance to a duck taking to flight, with its wings swept back and head and beak held high. The head and beak is the labellum of the orchid flower, which is inverted. The labellum is on a trigger mechanism and if an insect lands on the column of the flower, the labellum springs down and traps the insect, forcing it to exit by a set route carrying it past the pollinia and the stigma. The labellum then slowly resets itself to await the next visitor.
Despite the spectacular appearance, this plant is easily overlooked. The flowers and stem are predominantly reddish-brown and the plant merges in with the dry sticks and grass stems and becomes almost invisible.
There is a solitary lanceolate leaf at the base of the stem, dark green liberally sprinkled with pink dots.



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