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

New Taxa Austral. Orch. (Austral. Orchid Res.) 5: 143 (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 20–40 cm tall. Leaf-blade to 25 cm long, 3–4 mm diam. at base, dark green, apex lax, often withered at flowering. Flowers 10–25, fragrant, greenish brown to brownish, sessile in a moderately dense to dense spike 6–12 cm long; ovary obovoid, 5–6 mm long, green, about 40 deg. to the rachis; sepals 6–10 mm long, dorsal sepal ovate-lanceolate, lateral sepals free, linear-lanceolate, widely divergent, erect to slightly recurved distally; petals 7.5–8.5 mm long, oblong-lanceolate, apex obtuse to subacute. Labellum ovate, 6–7 mm long, white, recurved at right angles just past the middle; base not pouched, margins flared, entire or slightly irregular, minutely papillate; apex triangular, acute, margins slightly crispate; callus plate much-raised, channelled, extending about two-thirds of the way to labellum apex, dark green to pale green, shiny. Column appendages oblong, c. 3 mm long, obtuse. Flowers Oct.–Nov.

VVP. Only known from near Orford in south-western Victoria where found in grassland on moist to wet black basaltic loam.

Prasophyllum anticum is known only from the type locality and, although occurring in a biological reserve, must be regarded as endangered.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-03-24
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-09-17
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Orchidaceae
genus Prasophyllum
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Prasophyllum anticum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Prasophyllum anticum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native

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