Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl. 518 (1840) APNI
Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)
Flowering plant 5–13 cm tall. Flowering stem slender to thick and fleshy; sheathing bracts oblong, 7–20 mm long, purplish. Flowers 2–5, rarely solitary, short-lived (opening for only 1 or 2 days), purplish-brown or reddish externally, white on inner surface of segments, often striped with conspicuous dark veins; pedicel (excluding ovary) 5–13 mm long; dorsal sepal broadly oblanceolate, curved and slightly hooded, 8–13 mm long, 2–4 mm wide; lateral sepals and petals similar shape and size, spreading or obliquely deflexed. Labellum sessile, broadly obovate, 4–7 mm long, whitish with a few dark reel veins; lateral lobes embracing column, mid-lobe slightly recurved; lamina with 2 longitudinal ridges breaking into pale, irregular calli towards apex. Flowers Sep.–Nov.
EGL, GipP, Glep, GGr, HSF, OtP, Strz, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also NSW, Tas. Occurs in dense, wet heathy vegetation in near-coastal areas from near Portland in the west to Mallacoota area in the east with a disjunct inland occurrence in the Grampians. Formerly more widespread but now rare due to destruction of habitat.
Seldom or never flowering except in the season following Summer fires.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||native|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||native|
|New South Wales|