Yesterday morning, I took the opportunity to go orchid hunting, as it will be raining for the next few days. Fortunately while I was out there, the weather was rather forgiving, but there was a very light shower. The birds seemed to be enjoying themselves, but were too fast for me to capture.
I really love it how these Linguella nana’s (syn. Pterostylis nana) are having a conversation. They were the first flowers I found of this species, after having seen plenty of leaves and buds.
I always find it interesting the height difference of Urochilus sanguineus (syn Pterostylis sanguinea). I am fascinated by the height difference that can be found at one site, though the actual flower size is the same. These look amazing with the sun coming through the flowers, but this time the sun was hiding.
I also saw the Bunochilus viriosus (syn P. viriosa), which is often found growing along side the Urochilus sanguineus.
Linguella nana refers to a complex of a possible six unnamed species. For this post, I will be discussing Linguella sp. Hills nana. The genus name describes it labellum which is hidden in the orchid. Like many greenhoods, this genus used to be part of the Pterostylis family.
A colony of Linguella sp. Hills nana
This is probably one of the smallest green-hoods. I’ve seen the whole plant with flower being less than ten cm high, and right next to it, a plant twice the height. This can be seen in the video below.
These orchids tend to flower between July and October, and prefer growing in areas of high rainfall. It is pollinated by a little fly, probably similar to the little fly on these Cyrtostylis robustaseen in this video.
One time when I went out looking for orchids, the bushland did not look particularly promising, and then I came across a couple of these tiny orchids. They can be a pain to photograph, as the flower is about the size of your little finger nail, and quite often they grow in shaded areas, growing in the leaf litter under a tree.