Mountain Leek Orchid (Prasophyllum montanum)

Flowers in Summer (Jan- Feb), favours montane habitat on rocky ridges in woodland amongst the Snowgum with well-drained soil.

It is a late flowering, very robust plant with relatively large flowers.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 14 inches (36cm).

Bees and wasps are reported to be main pollinators of this genus although syrphiid flies are also frequent visitors.


Fitzgerald's Spider Orchid (Arachnorchis fitzgeraldii - formerly Caladenia fitzgeraldii)

Flowers in Spring/Summer (Oct - Dec), favours montane forest on moist slopes with well-drained soil.

Flowers relatively small and sepals can have either thick clubs or thickish tails.  The flowering seems to be stimulated by previous summer fires.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 10 inches (25cm).

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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