Contr. Tasmanian Orchid. 8 (Austral. Orchd. Res. 3) 195 (1998) APNI
Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)
Flowering stem erect, straight, 15–35 cm tall, 2–3 mm diam., brownish, pruinose. Leaf linear-lanceolate, 10–15 cm long, 4–8 mm wide, fleshy, canaliculate, ribbed abaxially, dark green, often reddish at base. Inflorescence 1–6-flowered, loose. Sterile bracts 2 or 3. Perianth segments ovate to ovate-lanceolate, 9–13 mm long, blue or pink, with small darker spots on dorsal sepal and petals. Column 6–7 mm long, bluish or white, often with a dark brown or purplish subterminal band; mid-lobe tubular, rim-like, the dorsal surface ruminate, apex shallowly crenate, yellow; accessory-lobes absent; lateral lobes 0.8–1.5 mm long, obliquely erect, ending in a mop-like white hair-tuft. Anther about half way along column, shortly beaked. Flowers Dec.–Jan.
EGU, HNF, MonT, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, ACT, Tas. Found in montane and subalpine woodlands and open forests dominated by Snow Gums and in subalpine herbfield and grassland. Soils are stony loam and well-structured brown loam.
Suggestions that this taxon may be a hybrid are not borne out by recent field studies in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales and in Tasmania.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|