Tuesday, October 25

Facts about large duck orchid

Large Duck Orchid

Have you ever heard about the large duck orchid? It is a perennial plant. The large duck orchid is a type of small orchid that can be found growing in parts of Australia. It really looks like a cute little flying duck! How cool is that? You definitely have to see it to believe it.

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Quick facts about large duck orchid:

1. The scientific name for the large duck orchid is Caleana major. It is also known as the flying duck orchid.

2. The large duck orchid stem that holds the flower/s can grow up to 20 inches tall. One stem can hold up to five orchids. The flower that looks like the cute flying duck can grow to about an inch. They are absolutely beautiful and very small orchids.

3. The large duck orchid blooms between the months of September to January.

4. There are over 26,000 species of orchids and one of those is the large duck orchid.

5. Places the large duck orchids can be found growing are:

  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria

6. Large duck orchids can only survive maybe up to two years without the fungus they need to help them grow and that fungus can only be found in the soils where the orchids grow naturally.

7. The large duck orchid was featured on an Australian postage stamp in 1986.



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Books about orchids:

1. A Cultural History Orchid by Jim Endersby

2. Extraordinary Orchids by Sandra Knapp

3. Leland and the Sad Little Orchid by Laura Perry

4. Orchids of the World coloring book by Virginie F. Elbert

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Short story alert:

Once upon a time there was a baby duck named Quacker. Quacker loved searching for new things to see. One day when quacker was roaming around the land he seen what he thought was a lot of baby ducks. Quacker stopped and watched in amazement at all the cute little baby ducks like him. He started quacking really loudly at them, but they didn’t move or quack back. Quacker just kept sitting there staring at them and trying to get them to quack back at him. He sat there for almost 30 minutes and watched them swaying in the wind ever so delicately. They did not make a noise they just swayed back and forth. Quacker didn’t understand why they didn’t want to play with him. He tried quacking at them again and his mom came over to see what he kept quacking about. His mom told him that they were not baby ducks like him. She told him that they are a beautiful flower that look like cute flying ducks, but they are not real ducks. Quacker was impressed with what he had learned. Quacker said thanks mom and went on his way exploring for more amazing things to see. THE END!


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