Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Terrestrial, chiefly saprophytic herbs. Roots very thick and brittle. Stems erect, leafless (in Victoria), with overlapping sheaths at base, becoming more distant and bract-like toward flower head. Inflorescence terminal, erect, racemose. Flowers few–50; sepals and petals free, more or less equal, spreading. Labellum sessile on base of column, 3-lobed; lateral lobes much smaller than middle one, somewhat embracing column to form tube; mid-lobe narrowly ovate, convex, hairy along midline. Column erect, semicylindric, not or scarcely winged.

About 30 species in the west Pacific area; 11 occurring in Australia (all of them endemic), 6 in Victoria.

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, 2015-02-17
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