Austral Leek Orchid (Prasophyllum australe)

Flowers in Spring/Summer (Sep - Dec), favours damp, swampy heathy woodland but will extend into forest.

The labellum has a humped base and the flowers are sweetly fragrant.  The sepals are striped with reddish markings.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 15 inches (38cm).  The flowering is often stimulated by previous summer wildfires.

Bees and wasps are reported to be main pollinators of this genus although syrphiid flies are also frequent visitors.


Striated Greenhood (Diplodium striatum - formerly Pterostylis striata)

Flowers in Autumn/Winter (Apr - Aug), widespread preferring well drained or gravelly soils in open forest or woodland.

Labellum is generally hidden or just visible.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 7.5 inches (20cm) with the flower being 2.5cm X 1cm.  Sepal tips curve forward.

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


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