Acianthus pusillus D.L. Jones 1991

Flower in triggered position with Pollinator


Photos by Colin Rowan and his Orchid Website


Common Name The Small Flowered Acianthus - The Small Mosquito Orchid

Flower Size 1/5" [5 mm]

Found in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia State, Australia and Tasmania at elevations of sea level to 1000 meters in heathland, open forest and woodland - generally in shaded sandy soils as a fairly common, miniature to small sized, cool to warm growing terrestrial orchid occuring in dense colonies with a low to the ground, heart-shaped, green above, purple below, leaf and an erect, 1.2 to 7.2" [3 to 18 cm] long,several to many [5 to 12] flowered, racemose inflorescence that occurs in the fall and winter in situ. The flowers are said to be pollinated by small flies.

CAUTION Many references refer this species a a synonym of A exsertus! Most likely it is but Colin has them separate so there must be some difference that distinguishes them, maybe enough to maintain species status, I don't know, more research needs to be done.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide