Large Sickle Greenhood (Pterostylis falcata)

Flowers in Spring/Summer (Oct - Feb), very moist to wet soil along creek flats and streams.  Most common in the mountains but can be found from coast to tablelands.

Large-flowered greenhood having a curved hood which resembles a sickle, hence the common name. The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 16 inches (41cm) and the length of the flower to be 3 inches (7cm). 

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


Slender Sun Orchid (Thelymitra pauciflora)

Flowers in Spring (Aug - Nov), favours heathland, forest and open woodland.

This sun orchid is very reluctant to open fully and can vary in colour from pale blue, white or pink.  It is small flowered and has developed its variety because of its self-pollinating tendency.

Believed to be pollinated by bees but if not, then the flowers will self pollinate.  Almost all species have flowers that open only on sunny days - hence the name of 'sun' orchid.


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