Boorman's Rustyhood (Oligochaetochilus boormanii - formerly Pterostylis boormanii)

Flowers in Spring (Sept - Nov) - favours a wide range of habitats, found in box/ironbark forests and woodland.

Dark reddish flowers bend forward and appear to be nodding.  Labellum is thick and has numerous bristles.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 4.5 inches (11.5cm).

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


Basalt Leek Orchid (Prasophyllum sp. aff. frenchii)

Flowers in Spring/Summer (Nov - Dec), favours grassland habitats on basalt soils.

Flowers are green to reddish brown with a callus that extends almost to the tip of the labellum.  Lateral sepals are free.  This orchid is known from near Orford and should be considered endangered because of loss of habitat.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - at total of 17.5 inches (45cm).

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


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