Fringed Midge Orchid (Corunastylis ciliata formerly Genoplesium ciliata)

Flowers in Autumn (Mar - Jun), favours poorer eucalypt forests, often with heathy under-story, in sandy or gravelly soil.

The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 3 inches (7.5cm) and the flower is about 5mm across.  Upswept lateral sepals and numerous cilia on the labellum are identifying features.

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


Brittle Greenhood (Diplodium truncatum - formerly Pterostylis truncata)

Flowers in Autumn (Mar - May), favours grassland, shrubby forest and woodland in well-drained soils.  It grows in dense colonies with few flowers.

Also known as 'Little Dumpy' and is classified as an endangered species in Victoria.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 3 inches (7.5cm).

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


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