Cinnamon Bells (Gastrodia sesamoides)

Flowers in Spring/Summer (Oct - Jan), favours moist situations in sclerophyll forest and woodland - often found in heavy leaf litter.

A widespread orchid, also known as Potato Orchid because of the large potato like tuber.   The common name of Cinnamon Bells is due to the spicy scent of the flowers.  Another identifying feature is the downwards curving of the flowers when in bud.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 22 inches (56cm). 

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


Blotched Sun Orchid (Thelymitra benthamiana)

Flowers in Spring (Oct - Nov), favours shrubland, heathland in well-drained moist loamy soils.  Also known as Leopard Sun Orchid.

This sun orchid is opens readily in warm weather and has an unusual column with prominent yellow fringe.  The yellow-green ovate leaf is a distinguishing feature which is similar to the leaf of the Cryptostylis subulata.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 9 inches (23cm).

Believed to be pollinated by bees but if not, then the flowers will self pollinate.  Unlike other sun orchids, this species will remain partly open even on warm nights.


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