Clubbed Spider Orchid (Arachnorchis ampla)

Flowers in Spring (Sep - Oct) - gravelly soil in heathy woodland.

This series of photos was taken after the 2006 wildfires which made discovery easier and showed the wide variety of colour forms.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 10 inches (25.5cm). 

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).


Dense Leek Orchid (Prasophyllum spicatum)

Flowers in Spring (Sep - Nov), favours heathy woodland and heath.

This robust orchid has very crowded, mainly white flowers..  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 20 inches (50.5cm).  Flowering is enhanced by fires the previous summer; the leaf dies back at flowering.

Bees and wasps are reported to be main pollinators of this genus although syrphiid flies are also frequent visitors.


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