The Southern Queen of Sheba (Thelymitra variegata):
The Northern species (Thelymitra pulcherrima):
and the Eastern species (Thelymitra speciosa):
and this is a truly beautiful photograph I found which I had to share. It is quite magnificent and shows all the lovely colours in the one flower. I am not sure which of the 3 varieties it is, but possibly the Eastern variety:
This shows the characteristic spiral leaf of the plant:
This flower was also featured on one of our $1 stamps:
Just for the sheer fun of it here are more Thelymitra species all of which are found in Western Australia. There are other species found in other parts of Australia as well.
There are many flowers beginning with the letter 'T' and, as with 'P', I may do some more posts after "Z"