Sunday, April 18, 2010

"Parsons Bands" or "Autumn Rabbit" Orchid

Yesterday I found several tiny terrestrial orchids, known as Parsons Bands, flowering beneath the Oyster Bay pines (Callitris rhomboidea).

The 8 flowers I saw were all less than 2cm across and stood between 10 and 15cm tall.

These are generally found in this district from April through May, according to Mr Bob Bates, who has been helping me learn about them and has undertaken a survey of plants on the block.

More information here, on South Australia's online "herbarium" fact sheets.

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