Naked Beard Orchid (Calochilus imberbis)

Flowers in Spring (Oct - Dec), favours dry woodland and open forest.

It is now thought that this is a variety of the C robertsonii.  A distinguishing feature of this beard orchid is the lack of any hairs on the labellum.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 11 inches (28cm). 

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.


Anglesea Leek Orchid (Prasophyllum spp. aff. odoratum)

Flowers in Spring (Oct - Dec), favours heathland to low eucalypt forests and woodland.

Widely distributed and can be found from coastal to inland.  Unscented, narrow labellum with free lateral sepals.  Flowers are very small (about 8mm across).  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 12 inches (30.5cm).

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


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