Victorian Naturalist 7: 115 (1890)
Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988
Herb 5–30 mm high, reddish or pink to almost white (including the flower). Scale leaves c. 6, 5–10 mm long, the largest ones just below the flower. Perianth 12–18 mm long, 7–10 mm wide; tube 6–8 mm long, 4–6 mm wide, abruptly narrowed basally; lobes 4–6 mm long; outer lobes recurved; inner lobes curved inwards such that apices touch and elliptical spaces remain between adjacent lobes; stamens included, hanging from a 6-lobed ring at top of the tube, filaments short, red, connective enlarged, membranous and concealing the minute anthers. Fruit becoming thin and transparent distally, and then disintegrating to expose the seeds.
EGU, HSF, OtR. Also Qld, NSW, Tas. New Zealand. A very localized, concealed plant which is very rarely seen. Recorded from the mountains around Melbourne, Tarra Valley National Park, and ?Gorae West near Portland where now presumed extinct. It is restricted to damp humus and leaf-litter in deeply shaded tall forests and fern gullies.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|