Small Sickle Greenhood (Pterostylis lustra)

Flowers in Spring/Summer (Nov - Jan), favours alkaline black soil beneath Leptospermum species, often in or near the water.

This orchid has similar but smaller flowers to the Pterostylis falcata and has been poorly investigated because of rarity.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 5 inches (13cm).

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


Lizard Orchid (Burnettia cuneata)

Flowers in Spring (Sep - Nov), favours coastal, dense swampy heathland where it has a close alliance with Melaleuca squarrosa.

This is genus has a single species confined to south-eastern Australia and flowers usually only after a previous summer wildfire.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 2 inches (5cm).

There has been little or no study done on pollinators due to its infrequent flowering.  It does not have a leaf and can remain dormant for many years.  Reproduction is entirely by seed.


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