Plants of the Castlemaine District
Midge Orchids - native (Corunastylis species)
Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family).
Native of South-eastern Australia.
- they are small slender orchids
- they flower in autumn
- the flowers are green to dark purplish brown.
Because of their small size and often dark flowers, they are inconspicuous.
Dark Midge Orchid photos
Photos: Castlemaine district.1: Dark Midge Orchid. (Corunastylis
). The lateral sepals are upturned. Not hairy.
2: Fringed Midge Orchid (Corunastylis ciliatum
). The labellum is covered with short hairs. The lateral sepals are more or less erect.
3: Sharp Midge Orchid (Corunastylis despectans
). Over-ripe flowers. The lateral sepals taper to a fine point. There are often numerous (up to 40) flowers.
Variable Midge Orchid (Corunastylis archeri
) may also occur. Its labellum is fringed with hairs, and the lateral sepals are horizontal or pointing downward.