Austral Ladies Tresses

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Austral Ladies Tresses (Spiranthes australis) are starting to flower here in Melbourne.

Spiranthes is a genus of terrestrial orchids of around 300 species spread throughout the world. Spiranthes australis was previously known as Spiranthes sinensis var. australis. It is a terrestrial herb comprising 3 to 10 narrow leaves up to 100 mm long. The small, tubular-shaped flowers are bright pink with a white labellum and occur in a long spike which has a twisted form. Flowering occurs in summer and autumn after which the plants become dormant and die back to an underground tuber.
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Beautiful!
Thank you!


What an unusual flower! You guys in Oz have some really neat flora and fauna! Very nicely captured.....
Thank you!

Yes, we are quite fortunate here in Australia for flora and fauna. We have several orchids in flower locally at the moment with a few more varieties in bud.

Besides the differences in the number of flowers, tightness of twists, etc., with the Austral Ladies Tresses, the flowers also twist in different directions. Not sure why! These two photos were taken two days ago close to each other.

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A couple of other orchids currently in flower, also taken on the same outing two days ago.

#4 Large Tongue-orchid (Cryptostylis subulata)
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#5 Small Tongue-orchid (Cryptostylis leptochila)
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