Brigitte, who lives about 20 minutes’ drive from me at Barker’s Vale,, was kind enough to let me have these photos she took of Epipogium roseum, a native Australian ground orchid, on her property.
Brigitte says there are only three species of Epipogium in the world; Australia has one native one and this is it. Eight came out in the leaf litter at her place. The flowers stayed about one week. They have a short flowering period of about a week and they look a little like fungus from a distance. The measurement guide is 10 cm from start of plant, so gives you an idea of size.
The next photo shows how the individual flowers are bunched up and uncurl as the orchid grows. It was just one big bunch.
It has no roots, is sympodial and just comes up from a horizontal fleshy tuber …
Many thanks to Brigitte for these photos and for the information.