Hornet Orchid (Diuris sulphurea)

Flowers in Spring (Oct - Dec), favours poorer eucalypt forests and heathland - soils varying from sand to clay-loams.

Grows in loose colonies and can be locally common.  Also known as the 'Tiger Orchid'.

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


Tiny Greenhood (Speculantha parviflora formerly Pterostylis parviflora)

Flowers in Autumn (Mar - May), favours open forest, heathy woodland in a variety of soils from sandy to red clay-loam.

This orchid is often overlooked as it is inconspicuous and small.  The photo ruler picture indicates the size of the flower which is .5cm wide X 1cm high.  The pinkish winged insect is an unexpected photo interloper.  The basal rosette leaves usually occur after the flower starts to wither.

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


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