Large Mosquito Orchid (Acianthus exsertus)

Flowers in Autumn/Winter (Mar - Aug), favours moist to wet eucalypt forest, sheltered slopes and gullies.

The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 4.5 inches (11.5cm).  The flower is approx. 8mm across.  Leaf is heart shaped and has a purple colour on the under-side.

Pollination is said to be by small flies and are attractive because of the sweet nectar on the labellum.


Fringed Helmet Orchid (Corysanthes fimbriata - formerly Corybas fimbriatus)

Flowers in Winter (May - Jul), favours moist sheltered sites in heathy forests usually on sandy soil.  Often grows under bracken in large colonies and near the coast.

This is a relatively large helmet orchid with a fringed labellum.  The flower tends to recline and has a translucent hood with reddish spots.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of less than .75 inches (18mm).

Little is known about pollinators but there is some evidence that fungus gnats may be pollen vectors.


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