Large Bearded Greenhood (Plumatichilos sp aff plumosum - formerly Pterostylis plumosa)

Flowers in Spring (Sept - Oct), favours woodlands, often with clay-loam soil.

Flower is translucent, a long labellum is adorned with yellow hairs and a small knob at the apex.  The hood is ends in a long point giving it an unusual bird like appearance.  The lateral sepals spread and have a downward direction.

All known pollinators of the Genus Plumatichilos have been male insects of the fungus gnat and mosquito family.


Hare Orchid (Leptoceras menziesii)

Flowers in Spring (Sept - Oct), favours forests and woodlands, often with sandy soil.

Flowers sporadically unless after a fire.  Previously known as Caladenia menziesii).  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 6 inches (15cm), including the sepals.

Because this was known to be of the Caladenia genus the pollination is probably similar.  It has been studied very little but it is thought to be pollinated by bees.


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