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Slender Sun Orchid

Thelymitra pauciflora


A small terrestrial sun orchid which opens during sunny periods only.


Native grasslands.


I've added some arrows to the second field photo, to help people with spotting them.

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lori.tas 6 years ago

monkey-mind and nana-puppet, I added the arrows in Photoshop.

wonderful spotting! how did U insert the arrows?

windmustache 6 years ago

Beautiful blue!

lori.tas 6 years ago

Yes, Dan, they do have a slender grass like leaf. I've added a second version of the field photo with red arrows to help people with spotting the orchids.

dandoucette 6 years ago

They hard to see amongst the grass. Do they just have one leaf too?

lori.tas 6 years ago

I added a photo of a field full of dozens of Slender sun orchids. They tend to grow in groups.

eulalia rubio
eulalia rubio 6 years ago

Thanks for the link. It is a water tank for their pollinators. Good bartender!

lori.tas 6 years ago

Here's another one, with a finger, and a tiny katydid, for scale:

lori.tas 6 years ago

They are very small. The flowers average about the width of my thumb. Most years we get few or none of them, and then suddenly there are hundreds in one field. Most of our orchids have a symbiotic relationship with a soil bacteria. So if you want to try growing one, you need to take some soil from around its parent plant.

dandoucette 6 years ago

Awesome, the blue orchid. I read about these. Are they common where they grow or hard to find? They sound very small.

eulalia rubio
eulalia rubio 7 years ago

beautiful photo and beautiful flower

lori.tas 7 years ago

Thanks, I'm sill waiting to see if they come up again this year. We have four orchids currently in bloom, so I should get my act together and get out there with my camera. All the flowers are less than an inch in size, and most of the stems are less than six inches high, so it's a belly-to-the-ground approach.

kelly.quirk 7 years ago


Tasmania, Australia

Lat: -42.60, Long: 147.25

Spotted on Nov 7, 2009
Submitted on Oct 21, 2010

Spotted for mission

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