Short-lip Leek Orchid (Prasophyllum brevilabre)

Flowers in Spring/Summer (Aug - Jan), favours free draining soil in a variety of heathy habitats and woodlands.

The labellum usually folds back onto itself and is white.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 7.5 inches (19cm).  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.


Western Bronze Stegostyla (Stegostyla iridescens - formerly Caladenia iridescens)

Flowers in Spring (Oct - Nov), favours well drained soils in heathy woodland or heathy areas in the Grampians.

While previously confused with S transitoria which has smaller greenish flowers,  this plant is localized in an area and has flowers with iridescent pink or reddish hues on the petals and sepals.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 6 inches (15cm).

Pollination of the Stegostyla species has been studied very little but it is thought that smaller ones are pollinated by bees.


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