The spotted sun orchid (thelymitra ixioides) grows in open forest in the Blue Mountains, this particular one was spotted in between Katoomba and Medlow Bath, however we have also located them in Mt Victoria.

The flowers of this beautiful spring flowering terrestrial orchid only open fully on a warm, sunny day hence the name of sun orchid. The flowers can be found in colours varying from lilac to bright blue. The orchid is identified by its spots on the upper three segments of the flower. It grows in sandstone soils in open bushland and heath in slightly moist soil.

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  • MickDavson
    MickDavsonabout 6 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful, exquisite. Lovely composition, colour and clarity.

  • Thank you so much for your lovely comments Mick, I truly appreciate it !

    – Gayle Shaw

  • sassyskink
    sassyskinkabout 6 years ago

    very nice Gayle

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherabout 6 years ago


  • Andrew Bosman
    Andrew Bosmanabout 6 years ago

    Nice focal point Gayle, works well.

  • Blue Gum Pictures
    Blue Gum Picturesabout 6 years ago

    Very beautiful images of this very beautiful flower.

  • littlered1801
    littlered1801about 6 years ago


  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful flower

  • John Edwards
    John Edwardsalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful composition and lighting

    IRISHPIXalmost 6 years ago

    Great perspective!!


  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 5 years ago


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