Plants of the Castlemaine District
Small Gnat Orchid - native (Cyrtostylis reniformis)
Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family).
Native of Eastern Australia.
- the flowering stalk rises from a single green leaf, which is paler beneath
- the petals are narrow
- the lateral sepals are much broader than the petals, and point forward, to be a prominent part of the flower.
The prominent forward-pointing sepals make this a distinctive small orchid. It can form large colonies.
It is moderately common, but its small size and dark colouring probably causes it to be overlooked.
Photos 1: Heathcote 2, 3: Smith's Reef Forest.