Purple Diuris (Diuris punctata)

Flowers in Spring (Oct - Nov), favours grassland or low heathland, especially along railroad tracks.

This Diuris can grow in great colonies but the numbers are becoming reduced due to habitat loss.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 12 inches (30cm).

Pollination is mainly by small bees but syrphiid flies and beetles may also be pollinators.


Variable Fingers (Petalochilus sp aff catenatus - formerly Caladenia sp aff catenata)

Flowers in Spring (Sep - Oct), favours lowland forests, confined to an area near Yarram, Victoria.

This orchid is extremely variable in height, colour combinations and size of flower.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant  - a total of 4 inches (10cm).

Pollination of the Petalochilus species has been studied very little but it is thought that smaller ones are pollinated by bees.


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