Prasophyllum readii D.L.Jones & D.T.Rouse

New Taxa Austral. Orch. (Austral. Orchid Res.) 5: 154 (2006) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

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

Flowering stem slender, 15–30 cm tall. Leaf-blade 8–12 cm long, 3–5 mm diam. at base, apex suberect, senescent at flowering time. Flowers 12–25, greenish brown to reddish brown, maroon, pink or white, fragrant, in a loose spike 7–13 cm long; ovary obovoid, 4–5 mm long; sepals 7–9 mm long, dorsal sepal ovate-lanceolate, lateral sepals free, linear-lanceolate, straight or recurved distally, widely divergent; petals linear-lanceolate, 7–8.5 mm long. Labellum subsessile, porrect, 5.5–8 mm long, recurved at about right angles near middle, lamina usually pink or white, margins irregular; callus plate prominently raised, channelled, greenish, broad at base then tapered, extending almost to the labellum apex. Column appendages oblong, c. 2.3 mm long. Flowers Dec.–Jan.

VVP. Endemic to Victoria where found in a swamp with sedges, rushes and forbs on white silty clay loam.

Known only from about 1000 plants at the type locality on private property near Streatham and regarded as endangered.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-04-07
Updated by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-04-07
Distribution map
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 readii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Prasophyllum readii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native

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