|Name:||Plumatichilos tasmanicum||Common Name:||Southern Bearded Greenhood|
We were walking the heathlands finding quite a few new orchids. They were easy to find, they were all caged. A special effort by someone.
We turned for home only to be confronted by a large group of people and Park Rangers. They were hand pollinating the spiders.
We introduced ourselves and had a good chat about the area. Yes it was a tasmanica (hooray, we had got it right!).
We had to leave we were off to the Prom and needed to get going.
The last time we had seen this orchid was at Anglesea and it took us a month to finally identify it to our satisfaction.
Photographed in the Wonthaggi Heathlands. (also at Forest Road Flora Reserve, Anglesea)
Flowering: Flowering September to December, mainly October..
Size: Up to 15cm tall, flower - 1, to 25mm long.
Location: Mainly coastal and hinterland. Grows in open forests, heathy woodlands and heathlands. Well drained soils.