Proc. Roy. Soc. Victoria, new ser., 25: 112, t. 6 figs A-C , s. lat (1912) APNI
Flowering stem robust, 15–45 cm tall. Leaf-blade fleshy, rigid, shorter than flower spike, to 1 cm diam. at base, hardly attenuated; orifice of sheath inflated. Flowers 3–25, colourful (white, purplish and green), fragrant, in a short, moderately crowded spike 3–8 cm long; ovary short, pyriform, often with purple ribs; sepals greenish and purple, 6–10 mm long, dorsal sepal ovate-lanceolate, acute, lateral sepals free or united, lanceolate, often shorter than dorsal sepal, erect, divergent (when free), fleshy; petals longer than sepals, to 12 mm long and 3 mm broad, oblong, white with purple median stripe basally, margins undulate-crisped. Labellum white, recurved at about 60°, prominently crenulate and crisped; callus tongue-shaped, channelled, extending just beyond labellum bend, thickest near the bifid apex, pale. Column appendages ovate-falcate, to 3 mm long, obtuse, pink. Flowers Dec.–Mar.
EGU, HNF, MonT, SnM, VAlp. Locally common in alpine and subalpine meadows or exposed slopes. Particularly frequent following fires.
Following the description of Prasophyllum alpestre in 1998, the name P. suttonii was restricted to an early-flowered plant of Mt Buffalo, and was known only from its Type collection of 1902. Kuiter (2017) presented persuasive evidence that the two are conspecific, and that evidence is accepted here. The attributed distinctions between the two species (connate rather than free lateral sepals that are gibbous at the base and ovaries longer and less turgid in P. alpestre) were shown to be variable in populations (and sometimes within a single inflorescence) on Mt Buffalo, and the earlier flowering period often cited as a characteristic of P. suttonii (December) is not significant when the range of flowering times of 'P. alpestre' (December to March) is considered.
Kuiter, R.H. (2017). Taxonomic status of the Mauve Leek-orchid Prasophyllum suttonii Rogers & Rees, 1912 (Orchidaceae), Self published.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|