Rabbit Ears (Thelymitra antennifera)

Flowers in Spring (Aug - Oct), favours heathland, woodland and open forests - mainly in goldfields.

Distinctive, common orchid with fragrant flowers.  There is no other yellow sun orchid with large brown column arms.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 3.5 inches (9cm).

Believed to be pollinated by bees but if not, then the flowers will self pollinate.  Flowers open only in sunny weather.


Red-beaks (Pyrorchis nigricans)

Flowers in Spring (Sep - Nov), favours moist heathland, woodland and open forests on sandy soils.

The leaves are a common sight but flower only rarely until a summer bushfire stimulates the flower next spring.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 5.5 inches (14.5cm).

Pollinator unknown.  Also known as 'undertaker orchid' because flowers turn black as they wither.


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