Candy Spider Orchid (Arachnorchis versicolor - formerly Caladenia versicolor)

Flowers in Spring (Sept - Nov) - favours open woodland frequently in forests of Euc. Leucoxylon with sandy soil.

Identifiable by the velvety dark brown tails on petals and sepals.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 9.5 inches (24cm).  Pale flower with bright pink markings on the labellum.

Pollination of the Arachnorchis species has been studied very little but this spider orchid is pollinated by native bees.


Leafy Greenhood (Pterostylis cucullata)

Flowers in Spring (Aug - Nov), favours moist grassy areas, scattered along the coast and in tall montane forest areas - growing on slopes or grassy flats.

Stout greenhood with chocolate lateral sepals and petals.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 3.5 inches (9cm).  Overall a rare species because of loss of habitat.

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


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