Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Pretty in pink

The wet year has been good for the flowering of Pink Spiral Orchids or Austral Ladies Tresses Spiranthes australis, a slender terrestrial orchid with small flowers (4/5mm) tightly packed in a spiral around the scape. This is the only Australian species of Spiranthes and is regarded as a form of Chinese Spiral Orchid Spiranthes sinensis. It has a wide range in Australia found in all states other than WA, in habitat that is moist to wet, such as swamps, steam edges, grasslands and marshes.

This example was self propagated in our bog garden; although we have many scattered throughout our grassed areas, where I endeavour to mow around as many as I can but some are spotted to late to be saved.

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