Southern Bearded Greenhood (Plumatichilos tasmanicum - formerly Pterostylis tasmanica)

Flowers in Spring (Oct - Nov), favours woodlands with sandy soils but can be found in clay type soils.

Flower is translucent, a long labellum is adorned with yellow hairs and a small knob at the apex.  This short stout bearded greenhood has lateral sepals that remain close together.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 6.5 inches (16.5cm).

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


Great Sun Orchid (Thelymitra aristata)

Flowers in Spring (Sep - Nov), favours heathlands and heathy forests in well drained to moist soils due to high rainfall.

Widespread in southern Victoria with impressive floral displays on tall spikes of large colourful flowers that open freely in sunny weather.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 18 inches (46cm).

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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