Slender Ruddyhood (Oligochaetochilus aciculiformis - formerly Pterostylis aciculiformis)

Flowers in Spring/Summer (Oct - December), favours inland drier woodland and box ironbark bushland.  Often in shallow soil or rocky outcrops.

The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 7.5 inches (9cm).  The flower has narrower lateral sepals than O. squamatus.

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


Forest Sun Orchid (Thelymitra arenaria)

Flowers in Spring/Summer (Oct - Dec), favours winter-wet depressions in poor soil of grasslands and heathy woodland.

Has a large leathery leaf with blue to purple flowers.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 15.5 inches (39.5cm).

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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