Prodr. 573 (1810) APNI
Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)
Ephemeral herb, 2–5 cm high, simple or with axillary branches, glabrous or rarely with a few scattered hairs. Leaves ovate-spathulate to linear-oblanceolate, 3–6 mm long, 1–3 mm wide, shortly petiolate; leafy bracts linear-oblanceolate. Inflorescence a thryse with 1–many monochasia in dense terminal inflorescences. Calyx obovate, 1–2 mm long, lobes linear, often unequal; corolla white or tinged pink, labellum with 2 broad lobes with a subulate appendage recurved toward the base, the hood-shaped lamina deep crimson; stigma erect. Capsule ovoid, 2 mm long; seeds ellipsoid, coarsely pitted. Flowers Aug.–Oct.
LoM. Also WA, SA. In Victoria known only from the north-western extremity of the Little Desert where growing in shaded, seasonally moist dune swales.
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