Corunastylis apostasioides is famous for being a plant which seldom bothers to open its flowers, in order to get pollinated.
It is not alone in that - a number of other Orchids are said to be self-fertilising***, if conditions are not right for the insects.
But this plant is so completely hairy inside the flower itself, that it seems it has abandoned some of the regular sex organs. I cannot comment upon that, as obviously that requires microscopic analysis, and someone knowing what it is they are looking at or looking for, to make those pronouncements.
|Corunastylis apostasioides - labellum open.|
As an observer, I can say however, that this week, a humid week, I have seen more Corunastylis apostasioides flowers open than I have ever seen before.
|Corunastylis apostasioides - normally shy to open - has 3 open flowers.|
*** PlantNET says of this plant: "Flowers cleistogamic or opening to c. 5 mm across, yellowish green with a reddish labellum."
The PlantNET glossary says:
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