Cyanicula - Blue Orchids

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Cyanicula - the blue orchids, are a group of about ten orchids previously placed in Caladenia. Cyanicula deformis (Blue Beard) has recently been reclassified again and is now known as Pheladenia deformis. Most specimens of Cyanicula have blue flowers - there is one yellow (C. ixioides) and one white (C. ixioides subsp candida - not pictured here.).


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Cyanicula gemmata
Blue China

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Cyanicula gemmata
Blue China

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Cyanicula gemmata
Blue China

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Cyanicula gemmata
Blue China

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Cyanicula gemmata
Blue China

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Cyanicula gemmata
Blue China

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Cyanicula gemmata
Blue China

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Cyanicula gemmata
Blue China

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Cyanicula ixioides subsp. ixioides
Yellow China

Cyanicula gemmata (Blue China) is widespread between Kalbarri and Esperance and out to the central wheatbelt. While it does flower in unburnt bushland, it flowers much more profusely in the season following a hot summer fire. Its leaves are distinguished by being covered in very short hairs.

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Cyanicula sericea
  Silky Blue Orchid

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Cyanicula sericea
  Silky Blue Orchid

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Cyanicula sericea
  Silky Blue Orchid

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Cyanicula sericea
  Silky Blue Orchid

Found throughout the lower south west from Perth to Esperance, this orchid grows to 40cm tall often with a large silky leaf - hence its name. It is usually found as scattered individual plants.

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Cyanicula amplexans
Dainty Blue Orchid

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Cyanicula amplexans
Dainty Blue Orchid

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Cyanicula amplexans
Dainty Blue Orchid

This orchid has small 2cm flowers and is quite common in the central and eastern wheatbelt, growing in a variety of habitats.


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Cyanicula aperta
Western Tiny Blue Orchid

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Cyanicula aperta
Western Tiny Blue Orchid

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Cyanicula aperta
Western Tiny Blue Orchid

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Cyanicula aperta
Western Tiny Blue Orchid

This orchid is quite common in the south eastern wheatbelt. It is very similar to Ericksonella saccharata (Sugar Orchid) in shape and is sometimes found growing with that species. It grows in a wide variety of habitats from dense mallee in gravel to Cassurina thickets in sandy soils.



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