Mantis Orchid (Arachnorchis tentaculata - formerly Caladenia tentaculata)

Flowers in Spring (Oct - Nov), found widespread in open and heathy forest, woodland.

Also known as the 'large green-comb spider orchid', varies in areas but has large flowers with a mobile labellum.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 8.5 inches (22cm).

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).


Variable Midge Orchid (Corunastylis archeri - formerly Genoplesium archeri)

Flowers in Autumn (Feb - Mar), favours open under-story in eucalypt forest and woodland, well drained soil.

The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 3 inches (7.5cm).  The flower is approx. 1.0cm across.  Also known as 'Elfin Midge-orchid'.

These are poorly studied when it comes to pollination but some of the genus are known to attract small flies.


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