Yellow Leek Orchid (Prasophyllum flavum)

Flowers in Summer (Nov - Jan), favours high rain-fall but ranges from heathy coastal to montane forests.

It is slightly fragrant and does not have a tuber but rather a rhizome.  It grows close to decaying plant matter and has a distinctive short leaf blade.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 20 inches (51cm). 

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


Summer Greenhood (Diplodium decurvum - formerly Pterostylis decurva)

Flowers in Spring/Summer (Nov - Mar), favours montane forests often growing on grassy slopes or ridge tops with heavy, but well-drained, loam soil.

This species can be more prominent after substantial rains.  It has a forward curving apex and the blunt labellum protrudes from the flower.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 8 inches (20cm).

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


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