Veined Spider Orchid (Arachnorchis reticulata - formerly Caladenia reticulata)

Flowers in Spring (Sept - Nov) - favours  Euc. Leucoxylon woodland with low understory and clay loamy soils.

This clubbed spider orchid has rigidly spreading flowers with stripes on the petals and sepals.   The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 7.5 inches (19cm).

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).


Large Pointed Greenhood (Pterostylis X ingens)

Flowers in Spring (Aug - Nov), favours banks of streams in forests, scattered across southern Victoria, mainly in mountainous areas.

Large greenhood - two forms of this orchid were found in same location. The photo ruler indicates the height of this particular plant - a total of 11 inches (28cm).  Generally rare, natural hybrid between P nutans and P falcata.

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


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