Thynninorchis huntiana (F.Muell.) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem.

Orchadian 13: 457 (2002) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Leafless saprophyte 8–0 cm tall; flower stem with 2–4 sheathing bracts at base. Flowers 1–10, reddish green, in loose raceme; pedicel (excluding ovary) 6–10 mm long, slender; sepals and petals similar, sharply deflexed against ovary, narrow-oblong to linear, blunt, 4–6 mm long. Labellum with long, slender claw, 5–7 mm long, glabrous, with elbow-like joint on to column foot (of similar length); claw attached at bottom third of labellum lamina; lamina insect-like, 6–8 mm long (including 'tails'), fringed with long purple or reddish hairs; proximal end with 2 short glands terminating in shiny black clubs, with an irregular, rounded, purple gland at their base; distal end with paired, slender, glandular tails, c. 4 mm long, projecting forward, with a short, upcurved beak between them. Column with 4 narrow, tapering lobes that curve in pairs above and below the anther. Flowers Nov.–Mar.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, VAlp, VVP. Also NSW, ACT, Tas. Widely distributed, often on dry ridges in open forest, entering subalpine forests and woodlands (e.g. Mt Buffalo).

Plants occur singly or in sparse groups, sometimes rather common, but often overlooked.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2014-08-26
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-16
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Thynninorchis huntiana in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Thynninorchis huntiana in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway 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
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory