Mountain Helmet Orchid (Corysanthes sp aff diemenica - formerly Corybas sp aff diemenicus)

Flowers in Winter (Aug - Sep), favours moist sheltered sites on rich clay-loam type soils in mountainous areas.

May colonize rotting logs or tree fern trunks and has a much darker red boss than that of the C diemenica.  It has been suggested that the tree fern height protects these small orchids from the scavenging Lyre Birds.

Little is known about pollinators but there is some evidence that fungus gnats are pollen vectors.


Small Helmet Orchid (Anzybas unguiculatus - formerly Corybas unguiculatus)

Flowers in Winter (Jun - Jul), favours moist sites in heathland and heathy sclerophyll forests.

This distinctive helmet orchid usually grows in small colonies and is also known as 'Pelicans'. The photo ruler gives an indication of size with the height being less than an inch (2cm).

Little is known about pollinators but there is some evidence that fungus gnats are pollen vectors.


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