A good year
This really seems to be a good year for the sun-orchids, Thelymitra species. There has been a steady increase each year since the drought broke, and this season they can be seen dotted all over the Reserve, especially those with north and west facing aspects.
This past week’s warm, humid weather seems to have agreed with them.
The blues, Dotted sun-orchid – T.ixioides and Tall sun-orchid – T.media.
The pink, Salmon Sun-orchid – T.rubra.
The yellow, Twisted Sun-orchid – T.flexuosa.
We didn’t get to see the Twisted sun-orchid flowers open – they’ve already been pollinated or they’ve self-pollinated. In either case, they must have opened and closed very quickly. Open Twisted sun-orchids can be seen here (seen at Langwarrin).