Bristled Rustyhood - (Oligochaetochilus bisetus - formerly Pterostylis biseta)

Flowers in Spring (Sep - Nov), prefers well-drained soils beneath low growing shrubs in woodland.

Labellum has two long basal bristles and the petal flanges are small.  The flower can have green or brown markings.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 5 inches (12.5cm).

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


Large Alpine Leek Orchid (Prasophyllum sphacelatum)

Flowers in Summer (Dec - Feb), favours subalpine grasslands, herbfields and snowgum woodland in well drained loamy soils.

This larger Alpine Leek is distinguished by the withered leaf top and flowers can be green to reddish brown.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 10 inches (25cm).

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


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