Stuart Mill Spider Orchid (Arachnorchis sp. aff venusta - formerly Caladenia sp. aff. venusta)

Flowers in Spring (Sept - Oct) - favours heathy woodland near Stuart Mill.

Endemic to Victoria.  Uncertain identity and requires further study to ascertain status.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 8 inches (20cm).

Pollination of the Arachnorchis species has been studied very little but it is thought that spider orchids are generally pollinated by pseudocopulation (male thynnid wasp).


Upright Spider Orchid (Arachnorchis stricta - formerly Caladenia stricta)

Flowers in Spring (Sep - Nov), favours mallee heath and Yellow Gum woodland (Big & Little Desert areas)

Distinctive with crowded, stalked, clubbed calli.  No clubs on tepals.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 8 inches (20cm).

Pollination of the Arachnorchis species has been studied very little but it is thought that spider orchids are generally pollinated by pseudocopulation (male thynnid wasp).


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