It is a great year for sun orchids. Today I found a group of at least 15 Scented Sun Orchids in a group under the green Foxes Lair sign opposite the cemetery.
Sun orchids differ from other orchids in having conventionally shaped petals and sepals but the column that contains the anthers and stigma is highly modified and adorned with wings and glands that probably attract pollinating insects. Thelymitra is derived from Greek words for ‘woman’s hood’. Lyn Alcock mentioned that the sun orchid flowers have not been lasting as long as usual this year, possibly due to lots of native pollinating insects. Be quick and select a fine day if you want to see the flowers.
Random fact: the word orchid is derived from Greek orchis, as orchids have twin tubers that resemble a pair of testicles. (Yes, orchids are for men too!)
The tubers enable orchids to survive from year to year, so they do not have to flower every year.
Orchids depend on mycorrhizal fungi to supply them with extra minerals and moisture, and will not survive if replanted.