the Royal Belfast Botanical Gardens opened as a private park, open to the public only on Sundays. It became a fully public park in 1895 when it was purchased by the Belfast Corporation. The Belfast City Council now owns the gardens.
Orchid-Mimicry: Labelled Image of King-in-his- Carriage / Hammer-orchid: Drakea glyptodon - Hammer-orchids are characterised by an insectoid Labellum that is attached to a narrow, hinged-stem, which holds it aloft. The stem can only hinge backwards. It is pollinated by a single species of male thynnid wasp using sexual deception. The Labellum is similar in shape and scent to a flightless female thynnid wasp. It is the most common Drakaea and is endemic to the south–west of Western Australia