Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

SURPRISE!

I’d noticed this odd slender plant in a hanging basket a few times, but without glasses, I couldn’t see it properly, and being busy, forgot to fetch them and go back for a proper look, until this evening.Microtis parvifloraThis is a tiny Australian native orchid, Microtis parviflora, or Slender Onion Orchid, identified for me by orchidsbirdsandotherthings. Micriotis in basket

This isn’t a great photo, but you can see that it’s growing in a hanging basket, along with some sort of house leeks.Microtis

The plant is fairly widespread in Victoria, locally common in some places, and is known to colonise lawns and golf courses at times. But there is no mention at all of this tiny terrestrial plant leaping into hanging baskets!