Here is a photo gallery to more clearly show the Small Mosquito Orchid (Acianthus pusillus). This follows an earlier post “Small Mosquito-orchid or Tiny Gnat Orchid (Acianthus pusillus)” and several useful photography tips from Mary McAvoy. Thank you Mary!
The plants in the photos below range from about 2 cm high (the leaf) to 5 or 6 cm high (the stems full of flowers) but all of the flowers are very tiny and difficult to capture.
The Small Mosquito Orchid leaf sits off the ground. In this photo you can also see the purple of the stem and veins in the leaf.
Reminding me of graceful dancers, the flowers stand proud of the stem at different angles.
This plant has quite a bit of green, including small leaves at the base of each flower.
This plant is much darker, with more purple and deeper greens.
Viewed from above, and in full sun, the lobes almost look translucent. Notice the ant (or gnat) on the flower to right of the photo.
This photo shows a closed bud about to open, and two open flowers. Again, purple predominates this one.