Blue Star Sun Orchid (Thelymitra holmesii)

Flowers in Spring/Summer (Nov - Dec), moist grassy edges of heathland and slashed areas.

Small flowered with a distinctive iridescent purple patch on the sepals and a deeply cleft post-anther lobe.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 8.5 inches (21.5cm).

Believed to be pollinated by bees but if not, then the flowers will self pollinate.  These flowers open only on hot sunny days.


Sunshine Diuris (Diuris fragrantissima)

Flowers in Spring (Oct - Nov), favours heavy clay-loam soils in the basalt plains grasslands.  Also known as 'Fragrant Doubletail'.

Originally common but now surviving in one known but undisclosed area.  Recently, an effort has been made to re-introduce this orchid to areas of its original habitat (lost through clearing).  Distinguishing features are a honey scent and very long lateral sepals (about 5 times as long as the labellum).  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 10.5 inches (27cm).

The colourful flowers of the Diuris genus appear to be pollinated mainly by small bees but syrphiid flies and beetles may also be pollinators.


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