Leptoceras menziesii (R.Br.) Lindl.

Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl. 416 (1840) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Flowering plant slender, 6–30 cm tall. Leaf variable in size and shape, usually ovate-lanceolate or broadly oblong-lanceolate, 3–12 cm long, 5–23 mm wide, glabrous. Flowers 1–3, white, pink and red, fragrant; dorsal sepal hooded over column, contracted gradually towards base, bluntish, c. 1 cm long, dark reddish, with numerous glandular hairs on the outside; lateral sepals spreading, broad in middle, contracted asymmetrically towards both ends, flatter on inner edge, white or pink, 10–15 mm long; petals erect, very narrowly club-shaped, glandular-hairy, 16–30 mm long, purplish-red. Labellum with short claw, circular-ovate, undivided, c. 7 mm long (when flattened), white with transverse pink or red markings, margins entire; apex blunt, recurved, white; lamina calli in 2–4 rows, not extending to tip, consisting of slender pedicels with large rounded head, yellow. Column erect and slightly incurved, widely winged, with transverse pink markings; anther compressed laterally, shortly pointed. Flowers Aug.–Nov., stimulated by fire.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, NIS, OtP, OtR, Strz, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Locally common on moist ground under heath or forest in southern Victoria, often near-coastal.

Formerly known as Caladenia menziesii, but now transfered to Leptoceras following Lindley (1840).

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 (as Caladenia menziesii R.Br.).
Updated by: Jeff Jeanes, 2014-08-26
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Orchidaceae
genus Leptoceras
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Leptoceras menziesii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Leptoceras menziesii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
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
Dundas Tablelands 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

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