Small Alpine Leek Orchid (Prasophyllum tadgellianum)

Flowers in Summer (Dec - Mar), favours sub-alpine and alpine grasslands or snow-gum woodlands in loamy soil.

This short darker form is distinct from the taller form which also has a larger labellum.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 6.5 inches (17cm). 

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


Montane Greenhood (Pterostylis monticola)

Flowers in Summer (Dec - Mar), favours moist grassy areas, particularly in montane to subalpine areas - usually growing close to water.

A summer flowering greenhood with erect backswept sepals and a prominently protruding greenish labellum.  In ideal conditions, this greenhood can form large colonies.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 13 inches (33cm).

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


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