Mallee Midge Orchid (Corunastylis nigricans- formerly Genoplesium nigricans)

Flowers in Autumn (Mar - May), favours mallee habitat, often on  well drained red sands.

The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 7 inches (17.8cm).  Each flower is about 3mm across and has a purplish black labellum.  This slender orchid is hardy and drought tolerant.

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


Large Autumn Greenhood (Diplodium sp aff revolutum - formerly Pterostylis sp aff revoluta)

Flowers in Autumn (Mar - May), favours drier forest and woodlands, often growing in heavy clay-loam soils or shallow stony soils.

Non flowering plants form a rosette, can grow in large colonies but low proportion of flowering plants.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 5 inches (12.5cm).

All known pollinators of the Genus Diplodium have been male insects of the fungus gnat and mosquito family.


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