Alpine Flower a Day: Hatch's Sun Orchid
Alpine Flower a Day: Day 12, Hatch's Sun Orchid (Thelymitra hatchii)
– about 6cm tall, flower about 1.5 cm wide
– Jan 2020 1000-acre plateau, Kahurangi National Park
Note that thelymitra apparently derives from Ancient Greek – thelys for 'woman' and mitra for 'hat'!
to be or to be outstanding?
have or not have a protector?
elephants have detective skin
little penguins sport a closed thatch
yellow babies need no curtain
my babies will not be yeller
i have red pigments in my outer layers
tickled pink tickled to death
rather better to wear
an orchid on my head
If you're interested in the inspiration behind this month-long series of 'An Alpine Flower A Day' about NZ alpine flowers and poems, you can find more in my first post: An Alpine Flower A Day Enjoy!