Slender Greenhood (Pterostylis foliata)

Flowers in Spring (Aug - Dec), favours moist areas in heathy forest, woodland and wet sclerophyll forest.

Although widespread, including montane and coastal soils, it is generally uncommon.  It is a similar species to the Pterostylis alpina.  The curved labellum protrudes from the front of the flower.

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


Crimson Sun Orchid (Thelymitra X macmillanii)

Flowers in Spring (Sep - Oct), favours heathlands, occasionally grassland and confined to central and western parts of the Victoria.

This is a distinctive sun orchid with its pink flowers and large column arms similar to the 'T antennifera'.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 7.5 inches (19cm).  It is considered to be a hybrid between T.antennifera and most likely T. nuda.

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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