Emerald-lip Greenhood (Bunochilus smaragdynus - formerly Pterostylis smaragdyna)

Flowers in Winter (Jun - Aug), favours low flats, well drained - loamy soil in open forest.

Labellum contains small bristles and retracts when disturbed.  Lateral sepals touching at base of flower.

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


Large Duck Orchid (Caleana major)

Flowers in Summer (Oct - Jan), favours sandy soils with pebbles in forest and woodland.

Also known as 'Flying Duck Orchid'.  Labellum is sensitive and retracts inwards when disturbed (Picture to right shows labellum just closing).  Often found in colonies and can grow up to 40cm but these plants were about 25cm tall.  The flower is about 1cm across.  The leaves form months before the plant flowers.

Pollination is by the male sawfly.


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