Sarcochilus falcatus R.Br.

Orange-blossum Orchid

Prodr. 332 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Leaves 3–8, narrowly oblong-obovate or narrowly elliptic, often asymmetric, usually sickle-shaped, apex acute, base usually tapered, 3–12 cm long, 0.8–1.3 cm wide. Racemes 1–4, semipendulous, c. 5–10 cm long; pedicels (including ovary) 10–17 mm long, subtending bracts broadly ovate; flowers c. 3–5, white or rarely cream, fragrant (like orange blossum). Sepals and petals ovate to obovate, usually slightly concave, apex rounded, base contracted, 1–1.7 cm long, 5–8 mm wide. Labellum 3–6 mm long, lateral lobes oblong, usually orange inside with transverse bright or dark red lines; midlobe erect, fleshy, narrow, c. 1 mm long; spur projected forward with rounded apex, about as long as the lateral lobes are broad; central callus large, split in two by groove; side calli weakly developed. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

EGL, EGU. Also Qld, NSW. Epiphytic on trees (usually on Eucryphia moorei) in far East Gippsland lowland rainforest, but now extremely rare, due to clearing of its habitat for agriculture.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1994). Orchidaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Jeff Jeanes, 2014-12-18
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Orchidaceae
genus Sarcochilus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Sarcochilus falcatus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Sarcochilus falcatus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory