Spider Orchid (Arachnorchis osmera)

Flowers in Spring (Sept - Nov) - favours woodland with well drained sandy soil.

Rather uncommon.  Difficult to find because of its growing habitat.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 6.5 inches (16cm).  The petals and sepals are yellowish; the sepals have large red clubs.

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


Clark's Stegostyla (Stegostyla clarkiae - formerly Caladenia clarkiae)

Flowers in Spring (Sep - Nov), favours open forest and heathy woodland with sparse under-story, in Eastern Victoria .

Flowers are pale pink, have a tri-lobed labellum which can be purple spotted.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 5.25 inches (13cm).

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


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