Mayfly Orchid (Nemacianthus caudatus - formerly Acianthus caudatus)

Flowers in Winter/Spring (May - Oct), favours light to moderate shade and sandy soil in moist eucalypt forests.

Grows in loose colonies with the leaf more noticeable than the flower,  which gives off a strong odor similar to an unwashed dog on warm days.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 6 inches (15cm).

Pollination of the Nemacianthus species has been studied very little but it is thought to be pollinated by small flies.


White - Pink Fingers (Petalochilus sp aff carneus - formerly Caladenia sp aff carnea)

Flowers in Spring (Sept - Nov), found in most types of forest habitat, at times growing in what appears to be rock-hard dirt.

This is a variant of the Pink Fingers and can be seen growing in the same area.

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


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