Copper Beard Orchid (Calochilus campestris)

Flowers in Spring (Oct - Dec), favours open forest and heathland in moist to well-drained soils.

Widespread.  The flowers of this orchid are well worth a close look; other 'Calochilus' orchids lack the blue plates at the base of the lip.

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.


Honey Stegostyla (Stegostyla hildae formerly Caladenia hildae)

Flowers in Spring (Oct - Dec), favours open forest with open heathy under-story mainly in granite-based loamy soil.

This hooded Stegostyla has golden green petals; the calli of the labellum fringe have a deep purple band.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 4.5 inches (11cm). 

Pollination of the Stegostyla species has been studied very little but it is thought that smaller ones are pollinated by bees.


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