Inverleigh Spider Orchid (Arachnorchis sp. aff. patersonii 1- formerly Caladenia sp. aff. patersonii 1)

Flowers in Spring (Sept - Oct) - favours grassy woodland with free draining soil and found in a single location in Victoria.

This is a distinctive and highly endangered orchid.  It has varied colour forms.  The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 13 inches (33cm).

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).


Fairy Fingers (Petalochilus alatus - formerly Caladenia alata)

Flowers in Spring (Sep - Nov), favours well-drained soil in heathland and coastal woodland with moist sandy or clay loam soil.

The pink flowers are small, generally short-lived and have a distinctive labellum with orange glands at the base.   The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant  - a total of 5.5 inches (14cm).

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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