Cryptostylis leptochila F.Muell. ex Benth.

Small Tongue-orchid

Fl. Austral. 6: 334 (1873) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Leaves usually 1–several; petioles 1–6 cm long; blades ovate to broadly lanceolate, 4–12 cm long, 10–40 mm wide, green on upper surface, reddish-purple beneath, apex acute, base wedge-shaped or tapering. Flowering stem 22–40 cm tall, sheathing bracts 2 or 3, distant. Flowers 5–15, sessile; sepals and petals green, stiffly spreading, linear, acute, margins inrolled; sepals 15–23 mm long; petals 10–15 mm long. Labellum dark red, oblong-linear, c. 2 cm long, concave around column then abruptly recurved, margins inrolled, tip often reflexed, surface densely covered with glandular hairs; callus ridge often discontinuous, flanked on either side by an irregular row of domed, shiny black calli. Flowers Dec.–May.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, HFE, HNF, HSF, Strz, VAlp, WPro. Also Old, NSW, Tas. Uncommon and scattered mostly through eastern Victoria south of the Great Dividing Range, usually in wet highland forest but sometimes in dry forest and coastal heath.

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, 2014-11-21
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Orchidaceae
genus Cryptostylis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Cryptostylis leptochila in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cryptostylis leptochila in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands 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
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory