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Nematoceras "triarthurs"

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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-02
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8, Raynox DCR 150 macro lens
Exposure: f/8, 1 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-05 5:30
Viewed: 3914
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This colourful little Spider Orchid has never been photographed before,according to New Zealand native orchid expert Eric Scanlen.

When I was up at Arthurs Pass, in the Southern Alps on November 2nd I walked up a stream towards a waterfall at about 780m above sea level.
In a shady nook of a steep gorge, I found a small colony of orchids, and manged to take a few reasonable photos with the Raynox DCR150 lens on my Lumix FZ8

I didn't recognise the flower, so as soon as I got home I searched the NZNOG (New Zealand Native Orchid Group) website for the ID.
The nearest I could find was a tiny orchid called Nematoceras pygmy, but that wasn't exactly the same, and the region and flowering season were all wrong.

I sent the photos to Eric Scanlen in Auckland for a second opinion. HJe informed me that this was a distinct taxon, never before photographed.
He has tagged it Nematocaras "triarthurs" for now
(Nematoceras being a group of Spider Orchids, some of which were formerly known as Corybas, and trilobum being the aggregate of trilobed leaf varieties)

Now it is just up to the pundits to argue the case for a seperate nomenclature based on the differences. Such a process can sometimes take months or even years!

I'm just happy to have found such a little beauty, and to be able to share it with you.

Please enjoy !


Here is some extra information about Spider Orchids, copied from the NZNOG website ....

Spider Orchids

Spider Orchids are small shy plants, often found on damp banks or dark areas of the forest floor. They can form quite dense colonies that carpet the ground. They have a single oval shaped leaf close to ground level. The solitary flowers of many of the species have very long thin sepals, which give the plants their spider-like appearance. Most species flower from August to November.

Spider orchids include the genera: Nematoceras, Molloybas, Anzybas, Corybas, and Singularybas.

There are still a number of un-named species currently included within the Nematoceras trilobum aggregate... hopefully they will be sorted out soon to end the current confusion.

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amazing orchid, thanks for giving us the chance to see it, TFS Ori

Ciao Steve, my today neighbour, fascinating composition with splendid orchid, great focus, superb sharpness and lovely details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Namastay Steve,
A lovely capture of this beautiful spider orchid flower. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.


Hi Steve!

Congratulation on Youtr discovery, it is amazing to find such rare plant this times. nice photo sowing details and beautiful colours of this tiny orchid.


Hi Steve,

Congratulations with this Orchid.
A pity that the petals are cut of, of however these names are.
Sharpness are very good enso the natural colours.
TFS this beauty, how smal in cm are this flower?


WOW Steve!!! how does it feel to have been the first one to capture this beauty? Congratulations to you on this achievment. Thank you for the nice low POV for giving us a complete view of the flower.



a number one for its kind...that makes it very special Steve...I hear by notes you are staying in real good physical shape...I will never catch up but I will die trying:-)

Hi Steve, what a strange orchid which I have not seen before indeed. Wonderful calrity and composition.
TFS and cheers,

Hello Steve

Wow,congratulations,a chance this could be the lordpottyus variety?
The detail and sharpness is excellent.
Lovely colour,you managed the light well.
Well done.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-11-05 21:59]

Hello Steve,
congratulations for being able to shoot and discover a special and unique orchid.
Such a joy to experience that. Nice capture and excellent physical and environmental presentation of this orchid.
The compositioin isd soft and very subtle.
Very pleasant and stunning findings.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-06 4:54]

Steve Very nice information presented. good shot and thanks for sharing. Ganesh

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-06 14:25]

Wow! That must feel cool - being the first person ever to photograph this little plant!! :-)))
Very good sharpness.
Excellent DOF.
Well exposed.

Great work, Steve!

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