Prodr. 327 (1810) APNI
Flowering plant 8–25 cm tall, stem wiry, stem leaves 3–6, closely sheathing. Rosette leaves 3–8, ovate to cordate, 0.3–1.5 cm long, 0.3–0.7 cm wide, petiolate, margins flat or crenulate, 1–3 rosettes arising laterally on the mature plant. Flowers 1–8, erect, 7–10 mm long, green and white, sometimes with brownish petals, narrow; galea erect in the basal half, curved forwards in the distal half; dorsal sepal shortly acuminate; lateral sepals erect, tightly embracing the galea, sinus shallowly notched when viewed from the front, stepped when viewed from the side, free points linear-tapered, c. 3 mm long, not exceeding the galea; petals falcate. Labellum narrowly elliptic, 3.5–4 mm long, c. 1.5 mm wide, tip sometimes visible through the sinus in the set position. Flowers Feb.–Jun.
CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, NIS, OtP, SnM, VRiv, VVP, WPro. Also SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Widespread and often locally common through a range of habitats including coastal scrub, heathland, woodland and open forest, usually on well-drained soils.
Part of a species complex with a few apparently undescribed elements still under study.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||native|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||native|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|