Name: Cyrtostylis robusta Common Name: Large Gnat Orchid
    Synonym: Cyrtostylis robusta
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We had discovered the leaves - way back when  - we were looking for other orchids at the time.  The spot was remembered and we visited a few times to see how things were developing.  There identity was known from the leaves; time was required for them to flower.

That time has finally arrived and fortunately we were right with the identification.

This is different from the Small Gnat by virtue of its greener leaf, physically larger flower with a pointed labellum.

Photographed in the You Yangs Regional Park.

Details (Vic):

Flowering:  Flowering July to August.

Size: Up to 25cm tall, flowers - 2 to 7 to 14mm long. 

Location:  Widespread and common in coastal areas areas  and isolated inland occurrences in the West.  Coastal heath, heathy woodlands and mallee areas. Forms large colonies.