Coastal Greenhood (Diplodium alveatum - formerly Pterostylis alveata)

Flowers in Autumn/Winter (May - Jun), favours coastal scrub and forest in well drained soil, often in a sandy, shady area.

The labellum is rather thick, blunt and usually seen above sinus when set.  The sinus protrudes and has a thick margin.  The flower is small, shiny green and stands erect.

Pollinator uncertain but all known pollinators of the Genus Diplodium have been male insects of the fungus gnat and mosquito family.


Common Ant Orchid (Myrmechila formicifera formerly Chiloglottis formicifera)

Flowers in Spring (Aug - Nov), well drained soil on sheltered slopes and in moist areas of open forest.

The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 3.5inches (9cm).  The flower is approx. 1.5cm high X .75cm wide.  This orchid is found in NSW and NZ.

It is pollinated by the male thynnine wasp which attempts to mate with the insect-like lip.


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