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Locally common on semi bare to bare clay soil (deep orange/brown) well within areas exposed to salt spray from the prevailing westerly winds. Associated in gumland/scrubland habitat. Associated with with species including but limited to Leptospermum scoparium, Drachophyllum patens, Gahnia spp., Olearia spp. Schoenus tendo and Metrosideros excelsa. It appeared the orchids may have grown up after the last lot of heavy rain. It seemed that even overnight more had appeared.

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Genoplesium pumilum - Photo (c) Jack Warden, all rights reserved
jack4's ID: Genoplesium pumilum, a member of orchids (Family Orchidaceae)
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Not sure what the correct current name is ???

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Corunastylis pumila - Photo (c) bill, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Bill Campbell
jack4's ID: Corunastylis pumila, a member of orchids (Family Orchidaceae)
Posted by jack4 3 months ago (Flag)
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Genoplesium pumilum - Photo (c) Jack Warden, all rights reserved
bill-nz's ID: Genoplesium pumilum, a member of orchids (Family Orchidaceae)

You had it right the first time Jack.

Posted by bill-nz 2 months ago (Flag)
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Genoplesium pumilum - Photo (c) Jack Warden, all rights reserved
jack4's ID: Genoplesium pumilum, a member of orchids (Family Orchidaceae)
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Thanks Bill, yes I was a bit confused. The last observation I could find was 2014 so I was not sure what was correct. NZPCN and eflora also had it as C. pumila. I also noted that there is a large difference in the flowering times between the NZNO website and pocket guide...Maybe a long flowering period dependent on heavy autumn rains?

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The flowering season does appear to be dependent on the ground moisture content. When we had a five month long drought several years ago this species didn't start flowering until July. I couldn't find it in usual locations in early March this year, although we'd had a couple of good soakings by that stage following another drought. In good years it can be found flowering up here by early to mid February. I have been too busy to get out recently but hope to photograph some specimens myself over the coming long weekend.

Posted by bill-nz 2 months ago (Flag)
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Cheers Bill, yes a first time observation for me now I will have to find the other species on GBI.

Posted by jack4 2 months ago (Flag)
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Genoplesium pumilum - Photo (c) Jack Warden, all rights reserved
jack4's ID: Genoplesium pumilum, a member of orchids (Family Orchidaceae)
Genoplesium pumilum - Photo (c) Jack Warden, all rights reserved
Community ID: Genoplesium pumilum, a member of orchids (Family Orchidaceae)
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