Twisted Sun-orchid

Twisted Sun-orchid
Photographer
Deb Oliver
Common Name
Twisted Sun-orchid
Scientific Name
Thelymitra flexuosa
Size
10-30cm
Leaf Description
Erect single narrow tapering leaf 5-20cm x 1-4mm, sheathing at base of stem; loosely sheathing stem bracts.
General Description
Perennial herb with fleshy egg-shaped tubers. Stems are reddish, wiry and bent above sheathing bracts and leaf. Plants form massed displays, opening freely on warm days but self-pollinating.
Flower Description
1-3 pale yellow to cream raceme flowers, to 16mm across. Erect winged column with 4 rows of hairs on back. Column arms are reduced to small brown lumps. Post-anther lobe short, brown and slightly notched. A large yellow protruding anther.
Flower Colour
Pale yellow to cream
Flowering Months
September
October
November
Habitat
Dry forest, wattle tea-tree scrub, grassy low open forest.
Date of Last Record
2000-2015
Growing Conditions
Wet areas on swamp margins. Full sun, semi shade.