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The Leafy Sun Orchid – Thelymitra bracteata

Thelymitra bracteata aka Large Bracted Sun Orchid, Leafy Sun-orchid
Thelymitra bracteata aka Large Bracted Sun Orchid, Leafy Sun-orchid
Thelymitra bracteata aka Large Bracted Sun Orchid, Leafy Sun-orchid
Thelymitra bracteata aka Large Bracted Sun Orchid, Leafy Sun-orchid
Thelymitra bracteata aka Large Bracted Sun Orchid, Leafy Sun-orchid

Thelymitra bracteata aka Large Bracted Sun Orchid, Leafy Sun-orchid
Working classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Charophyta
Class: Equisetopsida
Subclass: Magnoliidae
Superorder: Lilianae
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Orchidoidae
Tribe: Diurideae
Subtribe: Thelymitrinae
Lobethal roadside scrub verge – October 25th, 2014 – warm, dry conditions

Photos & Text: Michal Dutkiewicz

These were growing next to a roadside metal rail in, what at first sight, seemed to be very unpromising conditions. We had stopped the car to take photographs of an old brickworks that was just 50 yards or so down the scrub-covered hill from the road – I was stunned to see these amazing Orchids in quite a dense group. I didn’t know what species this was, because the blue Thelymitras confuse me, but Sheridan Ford said, on the Australian Native Orchids Facebook Page: “My guess is T. bracteata. I don’t think it is pauciflora as pauci only has 1-5 flowers. The giveaway for me is the large, prominent bracts, sharply bent column arms with toothbrush-like hair tufts and the robust habit of the plant.” Thanks Sheridan. Here are my other articles on Thelymitra plus some outside links you may find useful:


Mycena Metropolis: 1 – Mycena subgalericulata

Mycena subgalericulata (?)
Mycena subgalericulata (?) (underview seen in mirror)
Mycena subgalericulata (?)

Mycena subgalericulata (?)
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Agaricales
Family: Mycenaceae
Lobethal Bushland Park, South Australia – July 13th, 2014 – wet conditions on tree trunk

Photos & Text: Michal Dutkiewicz

This Mycena species is part of a suspected complex of species – Mycena release enzymes that help to break down cellulose and other compounds. These colonies can be very extensive. Here below are some links to my other Mycena articles and some external pages:


Click to access Mycena-subgalericulata.pdf

The Parrot’s Beak Orchid

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Pterostylis nutans aka Nodding Greenhood or the Parrot’s Beak Orchid
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Angiosperm
Class: Monocot
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Orchidoideae
Tribe: Diurideae
Lobethal Bushland Park, South Australia – July 13th, 2014 – soggy conditions amongst rock ferns on sclerophyll forest floor

When I first saw this species, I had no idea what it was – It was one of the strangest plants I had seen – It is larger than its little cousin, Pterostylis (Linguella) nana, and it is quite hunched over or nodding – The flower is translucent and it has a strangeness that can really fascinate a photographer.