Austral Ladies' Tresses

Austral Ladies' Tresses
Photographer
Julia Franco
Common Name
Austral Ladies' Tresses
Scientific Name
Spiranthes australis
Size
25-50cm
Leaf Description
Tuft of 3-5 erect dark green leaves 3-18cm long.
General Description
Erect tufted perennial herb with slender green stem growing from long tubers. Several small sheathing bracts on stem.
Flower Description
Up to 60 tiny pink and white flowers, to 25mm across, occuring in dense spirals on spike. Petals and dorsal sepals erect and alteral sepals spreading. Labellum white with fringed margins.
Flower Colour
Light to deep pink with white labellum
Flowering Months
January
February
March
December
Habitat
Swamps and bogs of wattle tea-tree scrub, dry forest
Date of Last Record
1990-1999
Growing Conditions
Moist to wet soils in swampy sites and seasonally inundated creek banks. Grows amongst rushes and sedges.