Late Beard Orchid (Calochilus therophilus)

Flowers in Spring (Dec - Mar), favours ridges and slopes of a montane habitat in well-drained loamy soil.

It is localised and late flowering.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 15 inches (38cm) although other plants nearby were up to 60cm.  The labellum has a very distinguishable pink tone.

Pollination has been studied very little but it is thought that the male wasp of the Scolidae family may be involved.  If all else fails, flowers will self-pollinate.


Brown Leek Orchid (Prasophyllum sp aff fitzgeraldii C)

Flowers in Spring (Sep - Oct), favours yellow gum  with heath understorey and sandy soils.  It is considered to be endangered due to loss of habitat.

This orchid, thought to be endemic to South Australia, has been found in the Tallagiera district.  It has a common name of 'Gum Lagoon' in Bob Bates' CD.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 11 inches (28cm).  The leaf is onion-like and fibrous.

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


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