Winter Sun Orchid (Thelymitra hiemalis)

Flowers in Autumn/Winter (Mar - Aug), favours woodland with understorey dominated by heath species in well-drained dark grey loam.

This orchid flowers during the winter, opening on cold days and is considered endangered.  The flowers are fairly large and the column has a reddish collar with finger-like glands.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 3 inches (7cm).

The pollinator may be similar to other Thelymitra species however it may also self-pollinate.


Inland Mosquito Orchid (Acianthus collinus)

Flowers in Winter (Jun - Aug), favours inland hilly forested slopes usually with well-drained gravelly loam soil.

This orchid can be locally common but a rare find because of size, colour and well-spaced flowers.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 3 inches (7cm).  Flower has a hooded dorsal sepal and pinkish in colour.

Pollination is said to be by small gnats.


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