Spiranthes australis . . . .Ladies Tresses

This small orchid usually grows in marshy or boggy places; widespread, from coastal districts to inland. At Tumbi it was found in a number of small tufts scattered among the grasses in a relatively disturbed damp area. As indicated by the scale in the photo the flowers are only about 5 mm long and the stem is no more than a 1 mm wide. Before I knew its identiy, apart from being an orchid, I searched for a tiny native Australian orchid , and found straight off. Created: 03/19, 2020

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