A good season for sun orchids

Shows Salmon Sun-orchid, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Salmon Sun-orchids, Thelymitra rubra

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.

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The pink, Salmon Sun-orchid – T.rubra.

Shows Salmon Sun-orchid, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve Shows Salmon Sun-orchid, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

The yellow, Twisted Sun-orchid – T.flexuosa.

Shows Twisted Sun-orchid, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

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).

4 responses to “A good season for sun orchids

    • One of the wonderful things about the Reserve is its accessibility 🙂 It’s been so very fortunate that the people who developed Moe had the foresight to set the area aside as a water catchment and that houses seem to have been built closer to town and along main roads.

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