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Drakea livida as seen on BBC – Red Moon Sanctuary, Redmond, Western Australia | by Red Moon Sanctuary
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Drakea livida as seen on BBC – Red Moon Sanctuary, Redmond, Western Australia

The BBC came to film this species near the Stirling Ranges some years ago, and now we discovered it in our own conservation remnant. The Hammer Orchid is pollinated by male wasps, by producing for them a dummy female complete with pheromones that they will try to pick up and mate with, as they ordinarily do with their own wingless females waiting for them on branches. Attempting to mate with the dummy catapults the head of the male into the stigma at the other end of the joint in the plant, and by repeatedly being duped the male will carry pollen from orchid to orchid.

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Taken on September 11, 2016