Austral Ladies' Tresses (Spiranthes australis)

Flowers in Summer (Dec - Mar), favours moist to wet soils in swamps, marshes, near streams and in sub-alpine grasslands.

A very distinctive orchid due to the spiral arrangement of its flowers which are bright pink with a white frilly lip.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 12 inches (30cm). 

Pollination of flowers is by small native bees but self-pollination is quite common.


Tall Potato Orchid (Gastrodia procera)

Flowers in Spring/Summer (Oct - Jan), mountainous to sub-alpine wet sclerophyll forest with rich loamy soils.

This robust potato orchid has a flowering stem that is straight and there is a spicy scent to the flowers.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 28.5 inches (72.5cm). 

This species is pollinated by a small bee while the G sesamoides is self pollinating.


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