This is a spring coralroot orchid, a cousin of Hexalectris. We see them every year in April.
We keep this and Hexalectris orchid locations obscured to protect this plant from being collected.
Growing on forest floor
Found in Georges River Gorge near Campbelltown spring time.
Has only just opened.
Found in spring time Georges River Gorge near Campbelltown
Orchidaceae is a diverse and widespread family of flowering plants with blooms that are often colourful and often fragrant, commonly known as the orchid family. Along with the Asteraceae, they are one of the two largest families of flowering plants, with between 21,950 and 26,049 currently accepted species, found in 880 genera. Selecting which of the two families is larger is still under debate, as concrete numbers on such enormous families are constantly in flux. Regardless,...