Large Rustyhood (Oligochaetochilus maximus - formerly Pterostylis maxima)

Flowers in Spring (Oct - Nov), favours stony ground in woodland.  Scattered in the goldfields country of central Victoria and not found in colonies.

The identifying feature of this species is the curved lateral sepals which are forward and rigid.  The leaves are a rosette which occur months prior to and disappear by flower occurrence.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 8.25 inches (21cm).

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


Green Bird Orchid (Chiloglottis cornuta)

Flowers in Spring/Summer (Oct - Jan), favours montane regions with fairly moist soil in low light areas.

This is a smallish bird orchid with a narrow labellum and large globular calli.  The flower is short-lived and does not open widely like the C valida.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 1.25 inches (3.5cm).

Pollination is by pseudo-copulation, agents being male wasps, however this is the only one in the genus that will self-pollinate.


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