Upper Spring Creek Landcare Group and Mid Loddon CMN

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Tiny Orchid identified


The tiny orchid I found is known as ‘Parson’s Bands’ after the prominent petals which look like a parson’s collar.  Latin name is Eriochilus cucullatus. Flowers are pollinated by native bees — I have seen blue banded bees enjoying the flowering basil in the garden so I hope they have  they have visited our rocky grasslands. They flower in the autumn and winter and they die back quickly so easy to miss. I didn’t see them last year so pleased to sight them today.

Parson's bands orchid

Parson’s bands orchid


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