Cryptostylis hunteriana Nicholls

Leafless Tongue-orchid

Victorian Naturalist 54: 182, t. 18 (1938) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:EPBC: vulnerable (VU); Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Leafless herb. Flowering stem 19–45 cm tall, sheathing bracts 3–8, distant. Flowers 3–10, sessile; sepals and petals green, divergent, narrow-linear, margins inrolled; sepals 15–20 mm long; petals 6–10 mm long. Labellum dark reddish-brown over pale green, obliquely erect or recurved near middle, oblong, 20–30 mm long, clasping column at base, covered with glandular hairs, margins recurved, tip spreading to reflexed, central part raised, woolly, reducing to 3–5 often interrupted lines at base. Flowers Dec.–Feb.

EGL, EGU. Also NSW, Qld. Restricted in Victoria to near-coastal East Gippsland between Marlo and Genoa. Occurs on Xanthorrhoea resinosa plains and adjacent heathy woodlands and heathlands on moist sandy soils that may be peaty.

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, 2014-11-21
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Orchidaceae
genus Cryptostylis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Cryptostylis hunteriana in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cryptostylis hunteriana in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native

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New South Wales