October Orchids – Onion Orchids

Microtis sp. are a type of orchid commonly referred to as Onion Orchids. Microtis is a compound of Micro (small) and Otis (ear) referring to the flowers. These orchids are particularly difficult to spot as they look much like grasses.

The first species I found was at Garigal NP. Microtis rara, the Scented Onion Orchid, are so named as they are a rare species. This photo is of a small section of the flower head. The distinguishing features are the long labellum. Above Photo. (30d, 180mm, f10, 1/125).

The second species I have now found at two places. This photo was taken at Cattai NP on field of weeds. The second place I have found these is Ku-Ring-Gai Chase near Camp Kedron. Microtis unifolia, the common onion orchid, is typically found North of Sydney Harbour but again it isnt common. (30d, 180mm, f8, 1/500)


~ by adamrose on November 1, 2010.

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