Peppertop Sun Orchid (Thelymitra brevifolia)

Flowers in Spring (Sep - Nov), favours a variety of habitats from wet to dry and easily colonises disturbed areas.

The flowers are reddish purple, smallish and has white tufts.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 13 inches (32cm).

Believed to be pollinated by bees but if not, then the flowers will self pollinate.  Almost all species have flowers that open only on sunny days - hence the name of 'sun' orchid.


Gillenbah Spider Orchid (Arachnorchis rileyi - formerly Caladenia rileyi)

Flowers in Spring (Oct - Nov) - favours woodland with little understorey amongst Callitris in well-drained soil.

Clubs are present on the petals and sepals; dorsal sepal erect.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 10 inches (26cm).

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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