Leafless Tongue Orchid (Cryptostylis hunteriana)

Flowers in Summer (Jan - Feb), favours moist, sandy soils amongst Spear Grasstree (Xanthorrhoea resinifera).

This tongue orchid has a leafless habit and the labellum sits erect.  The labellum has hairs and a central black callus.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 13.5 inches (35cm).

The pollination has been well studied and all Australian species of Cryptostylis are pollinated by the males of the ichneumon wasp.


Bonnet Orchid (Cryptostylis erecta)

Flowers in Summer (Jan - Apr), favours the same habitat as the Cryptostylis hunteriana and they can be found growing near each other.

The labellum of this orchid is deeply veined and sits erect.  The concave position of the labellum (appearing like a bonnet) gives it its common name.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 16 inches (40cm). 

The pollination has been well studied and all Australian species of Cryptostylis are pollinated by the males of the ichneumon wasp.


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