Small Tongue Orchid (Cryptostylis leptochila)

Flowers in Summer (Nov - Mar), favours open forest, woodland in well drained soils.

This tongue orchid has strongly re-curved labellum which are ornamental with large shiny black calli.  The leaves are very distinctive and can be found months prior to the flowers appearing.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 11.5 inches (29cm). 

The pollination has been well studied and all Australian species of Cryptostylis are pollinated by the males of the ichneumon wasp.


Large Tongue Orchid (Cryptostylis subulata)

Flowers in Summer (Oct - Mar), favours swampy, moist sites in open forest, woodland in well drained soils (having said that - it can also be found in dry places).

This tongue orchid has downward pointing, straight labellum with a conspicuous callus near the apex.  The leaves can be up to 15cm long and can be found months prior to the flowers appearing.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 18 inches (46cm). 

The pollination has been well studied and all Australian species of Cryptostylis are pollinated by the males of the ichneumon wasp.


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