Twisted Sun Orchid (Thelymitra flexuosa)

Flowers in Spring (Sep - Oct), favours heathlands and heathy forests in well drained sandy soils with high rainfall.

These flowers open only in warm weather, especially on humid days, and remain closed in the cooler temperatures.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 6 inches (15.5cm).

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.


Spotted Sun Orchid (Thelymitra ixioides)

Flowers in Spring (Sep - Nov), favours heathlands and heathy forests usually in well drained soils.

This showy species is often locally common.  The flowers are usually spotted but unspotted plants do also occur.  The column arms bear a tuft of hairs.

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.


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