Veined Sun Orchid (Thelymitra cyanea)

Flowers in Summer (Nov - Feb), favours peaty/swampy depressions and subalpine herb fields.

This showy species commonly grows in small colonies and freely opens in warm weather.  Identified by the prominent veins in the sepals and petals.  Two spirally twisted column arms and a lower petal larger than the other segments are identifying features.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 6.25 inches (16cm).

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.


Green Leek Orchid (Prasophyllum lindleyanum)

Flowers in Spring/Summer (Sep - Jan), favours forest, heathland and grasslands.  It is generally uncommon.

Sweetly fragrant and identified by the labellum's 'S' shape due to the backward and then forward bend.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 12 inches (30.5cm).  The leaf is onion-like and fibrous.

Bees and wasps are reported to be main pollinators of this genus although syrphiid flies are also frequent visitors.


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