Prasophyllum brevilabre (Lindl.) Hook.f.

Short-lip Leek-orchid

Fl. Tasman. 2: 11, t. 110 fig. A (1858) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Flowering stem 15–50 cm tall. Leaf-blade rigid, 2–6 cm long. Flowers few to many, green, red-brown and white, fragrant or not, in a loose to moderately dense spike, 5–20 cm long; ovary narrow-ovoid, almost appressed to the rachis; sepals 6–8 mm long, dorsal sepal lanceolate, red-brown, lateral sepals united, narrow-lanceolate, green or brown, margins incurved; petals linear-lanceolate, 5–8 mm long, margins pale, often white, sometimes crenulate. Labellum to 8 mm long, white, distal half folded back onto the base, margins crenulate; callus broad, flat, palest toward the channelled, blunt, wrinkled apex. Column appendages falcate-lanceolate, 2–2.5 mm long, obtuse. Flowers Sep.–Jan.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VVP, WaP, WPro. Also NSW, Tas. Most common in the eastern half of the state in forest, woodland and heathland from coast to subalpine. Flowers Sep.-Dec. Common and widespread across higher rainfall parts of Victoria in open and closed forests, woodlands and heathlands on well-drained soils.

Flowering freely only after fires.

A distinctive species, easily recognized by the white labellum which is sharply bent back on itself, fused lateral sepals, narrow, appressed ovaries and short leaf blade.

Source: Bates, R.J. (1994). Prasophyllum. 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, 2015-03-17
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Orchidaceae
genus Prasophyllum
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Prasophyllum brevilabre in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Prasophyllum brevilabre in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory