Burnettia cuneata Lindl.


Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl. 518 (1840) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

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.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1994). Orchidaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Jeff Jeanes, 2014-11-20
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Orchidaceae
genus Burnettia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Burnettia cuneata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Burnettia cuneata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Greater Grampians present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

State distribution

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New South Wales