Fringed Hare Orchid (Leporella fimbriata)

Flowers in Autumn (Apr - Jun), favours heathland and woodland with heath under-story usually in sandy soil.

This species often grows in large colonies and flowers prolifically only after fire.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 9 inches (23cm).  The leaves are distinctive because of the reddish stripes.

The Leporella has the pollinator of a male bullant (myrmecia urens), by means of pseudo-copulation, apparently being attracted to the pheromone mimic.


Dark Midge Orchid (Corunastylis sp aff rufa- formerly Genoplesium rufum)

Flowers in Autumn (Mar - May), favours dry eucalypt forest and woodland in sandy or clayey soils.

The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 6.5 inches (16.5cm).  This orchid is variable with red to green colours and can have a large number of crowded flowers.

These are poorly studied when it comes to pollination but some of the genus are known to attract small flies.


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