This morning on my morning walk, I chanced on the Green-comb Spider Orchid (Arachnochis dilatata), without my camera or phone.

October 1st, 2009, 2pm

So, I had to dip into my iPhoto archive 4 years back to find an image to share with you. I love this plant’s rakish appearance and have often photographed it on Ted’s Ridge Track behind the house. I have read that the Wurunjeri people at Coranderrk Station near Melbourne called this orchid ‘koolin’, and ate its tubers cooked or raw. The flower itself is only a few inches long, but is a great joy to come across.

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David Wade Chambers

Born in Oklahoma: 30 years in US. 6 years in Canada, 40 years in Australia. Academic field: history and philosophy of science. Currently, teach indigenous studies online at Institute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe, NM) and Brandon University (Manitoba). Come visit our B&B on Australia's Great Ocean Road. Mate's Rates for Hi community! (

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