Floodplain Rustyhood - (Oligochaetochilus cheraphilus - formerly Pterostylis cheraphila)

Flowers in Spring (Oct - Nov), known only from an area near Dimboola, Victoria.  Grows on silty flats in Black Box woodland.

No other species combines such shiny, dark brown flowers and broad labellum.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 4 inches (10cm).

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


Globe-hood Sun Orchid (Thelymitra X chasmogama)

Flowers in Spring (Sep - Oct), favours heathlands mainly in central western Victoria.

Grayish-pink with yellow hair tufts on the column.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 12 inches (30.5cm).  It is considered to be a hybrid between T. luteocilium and 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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