I was sad when I found that this tiny green orchid had such a blah name. Common onion orchid. Blah….
Look how tiny they are and how well camouflaged. That background greenery is just long blades of grass! They should be called something like the Stealth Orchid. I haven’t noticed that they smell like onions either, the Man isn’t allowed to mow the Hill at the moment and I don’t really want to know what they smell like when they are squished. 😉
We have heaps of these little native guys in our garden and this week is the one they have chosen to start their season. I almost missed them altogether yesterday as they are so well hidden. It was only because one of them was parked right next to a different kind of orchid I was already photographing that I noticed them at all.
Of course once I got a glimpse of one I saw them everywhere!
I have also included this picture illustrating the dangers of low level photography when accompanied by an interested canine.
A long time ago we had a dog called Reddog. If I crouched down to take a picture he would quickly make off in the other direction fully aware that getting in my shot would result in a scene.
The little Jackal has only just begun learning that the thing I am looking at might well be interesting but must be left alone at all costs. Just as I pressed the button on this shot she dived in for a look, eeek! She was smart enough to let go and run away before any harm was done to the plant though. Just as well or she would be locked inside all alone next time I take my camera for a walk!
I have enlarged one of the pictures I took so you could see the tiny flowers up and down the stalk. Each stalk can have something like 50 little flowers on it, so the dozen I found today means that there were hundreds of flowers in just one small area of the garden but still almost invisible. I wonder how many other things are hiding in plain sight just waiting for me to find them?