Dark-tip Greenhood (Diplodium atrans - formerly Pterostylis atrans)

Flowers in Summer (Nov - Apr), favours montane forests on sheltered grassy slopes with clay-loam damp soils.

This greenhood has small greenish flowers with a brownish colour towards the galea apex , a barely visible labellum and the sepals have slender clubs.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 9 inches (23cm).

Pollinator uncertain but all known pollinators of the Genus Diplodium have been male insects of the fungus gnat and mosquito family.


Lowly Greenhood (Oligochaetochilus despectans - formerly Pterostylis despectans)

Flowers in Spring (Oct - Nov), known only from an area near Maryborough/Talbot, Victoria.  Favours bare stony ground that has become rock hard by the time it flowers.

This species is considered rare and is extremely difficult to find because of its very small size and growing habitat.  The leaves are a rosette which occur months prior to and disappear by flower occurrence.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 1.5 inches (4cm).

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


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