Salmon Sun Orchid (Thelymitra rubra)

Flowers in Spring (Sep - Nov), favours heathlands, open forest and woodlands.

A widespread common species which grows as scattered individuals or in loose groups.  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.  Almost all species have flowers that open only on sunny days - hence the name of 'sun' orchid.


Brown-beaks (Lyperanthus suaveolens)

Flowers in Spring (Sep - Nov), favours open forest, heathy forest and heathland.

This orchid is unmistakable and identified readily by the single stiff leathery leaf.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 14 inches (36cm).

No study has been made of pollination but flowers can be very fragrant.


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