Mauve Leek Orchid (Prasophyllum alpestre)

Flowers in Summer (Jan - Mar), favours sub-alpine and alpine herbfields in well drained moist soils.

Has mauve stripes on petals with a prominent white labellum containing short greenish calli.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 14 inches (35cm). 

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


Purple-beard Midge Orchid (Corunastylis sp aff morrisii  formerly Genoplesium sp aff morrisii)

Flowers in Autumn (Feb - Apr), favours heathland, low woodland and forest.  This species is specific to Pyrete State Forest and the Otways, Victoria.

The flower is about 5mm across and unscented.  The flowering time is often triggered by summer rain.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 6 inches (15cm) and the entire flowering area only 1.5cm. 

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


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