Broad-lip Diuris (Diuris X palachila)

Flowers in Spring (Sep - Nov), favours moist grassy areas in open forest and woodland.

This hybrid is a combination of Diuris behrii and Diuris pardina.  The Diuris seem to easily hybridise.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 17 inches (44cm).

The colourful flowers of the Diuris genus appear to be pollinated mainly by small bees but syrphiid flies and beetles may also be pollinators.


Fertile Fingers (Petalochilus prolatus - formerly Caladenia prolata)

Flowers in Spring (Sep - Oct), favours well-drained soil in heathland, coastal scrubs and heathy woodland.

Highly localized and very short flowering season, recognized by its long leaf.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant (including bud) - a total of 5 inches (13cm).

Pollination of the Petalochilus species has been studied very little but it is thought that smaller ones are pollinated by bees.  This species is self pollinating and has a very short flowering time.


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