Small Spider Orchid (Arachnorchis parva - formerly Caladenia parva)

Flowers in Spring (Sept - Nov), favours heathy woodland - particularly on slashed verges or in grassy breaks, in sandy to clayey soils.

Dwarf, pale-coloured with yellow-brown clubs on sepals.  Data suggests that parva and phaeoclavia may be con-specific.  Parva might then have priority since it is the older name.

Pollination of the Arachnorchis species has been studied very little but it is thought that spider orchids are generally pollinated by pseudo-copulation (male thynnid wasp).


Pink Fingers (Petalochilus carneus - formerly Caladenia carnea)

Flowers in Spring (Sept - Nov), found in most types of forest habitat, at times growing in what appears to be rock-hard dirt.

A variable orchid which is common and widespread.  Can have 1 to 3 flowers, usually pink but can vary from deep pink to white.

Pollination of the Petalochilus species has been studied very little but it is thought that smaller ones are pollinated by bees.


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