Diamond Ant Orchid (Myrmechila trapeziformis formerly Chiloglottis trapeziformis)

Flowers in Spring (Sep - Nov), favours sclerophyll forest, heathy and open woodland.

The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 2.5inches (6.5cm).  The flower is approx. 1.0cm high X .75cm wide.  It is known to form extensive colonies and can be green to greenish-purple.  Also known as the 'broad-lip bird orchid'.

It is pollinated by the male thynnine wasp which attempts to mate with the insect-like lip.


Tall Leek Orchid (Prasophyllum elatum)

Flowers in Spring (Aug - Oct), favours heathy and forest habitat, mainly coastal.

This tall robust orchid is yellow-green to purple-black in colour.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 21 inches (53cm).  The leaf being onion-like and fibrous; summer fires greatly increase the flowering.

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


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