New Taxa Austral. Orch. (Austral. Orchid Res.) 5: 145 (2006) APNI
Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988
Flowering stem slender, 20–35 cm tall. Leaf-blade to 12 cm long, 2–3 mm diam. at base, apex suberect. Flowers 12–30, yellowish green to reddish or brownish, fragrant, in a spike 7–12 cm long; ovary obovoid, 4–6 mm long; sepals 7–10 mm long, dorsal sepal ovate-lanceolate, lateral sepals free or joined near base, linear-lanceolate, straight or recurved distally, parallel to slightly divergent; petals linear, 6.5–8 mm long. Labellum subsessile, porrect, 6.5–8 mm long, recurved at about right angles near middle, lamina pink, reddish or white, margins entire or slightly irregular; callus plate prominently raised, green or reddish, broad at base then tapered, extending almost to the labellum apex. Column appendages linear, c. 2.2 mm long. Flowers Oct.–Dec.
OtP. Apparently endemic to Victoria where confined to the Otway Ranges and adjacent coastal areas between Anglesea and Princetown. Grows in dense shrubby or heathy forest on well-drained sandy soils.
Flowering in this species is stimulated dramatically by summer fires.
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