Wine-lipped Spider Orchid (Arachnorchis oenochila - formerly Caladenia oenochila)

Flowers in Spring (Aug - Oct), favours mixed eucalypt forests with higher rainfall.

Uncommon due to loss of habitat.  Previously known as Caladenia lindleyana.  It is an early flowering spider orchid.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 12inches (30.5cm).

Pollination of the Arachnorchis species has been studied very little but it is thought that spider orchids are generally pollinated by pseudocopulation (male thynnid wasp).


Mountain Greenhood (Pterostylis alpina)

Flowers in Spring (Aug - Nov), favours moist grassy areas, particularly in montane to subalpine areas - growing on slopes or near creeks.

It is a spring flowering greenhood with sharply backswept lateral sepals.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 10.5 inches (26.5cm).

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


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