Mallee Leafy Greenhood (Bunochilus prasinus)

Flowers in Winter (Jul - Sep), favours leaf litter beneath broombush in well drained sandy soils.

Flowers green to translucent green with darker stripes and sepals have brownish tips.  Labellum green with a few basal hairs; petals have basal flanges.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 9 inches (22.5cm).

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


Dwarf Spider Orchid (Arachnorchis pumila - formerly Caladenia pumila)

Flowers in Spring (Sept - Oct) - favours grassy woodland and is endemic to Victoria.  Was thought to be extinct until two plants were recently re-discovered near Bannockburn.

Small spider orchid with single white flower.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 4 inches (10cm).

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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