Austral. Orch. 1 (2): t. 8 (1876) APNI
Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988
Flowering plant to 45 cm tall, stem leaves 2–5, closely sheathing. Rosette leaves 6–10, 1.5–4 cm long, 8–20 mm wide, broadly ovate-lanceolate, margins entire. Flowers 1–6, porrect to semi-erect, c. 3.5 cm long, transparent with green and reddish tonings; dorsal sepal with an upcurved filiform point 1.5–2 cm long; lateral sepals deflexed, conjoined part broadly ovate in outline when flattened, shallowly to deeply concave, margins strongly incurved, ciliate, free points long-filiform, 10–13 cm long, deflexed, parallel to divergent, 15–30 mm apart at the tips; petals with a poorly developed proximal flange. Labellum elliptic to obovate, 12–15 mm long, 3–4 mm wide, reddish brown, thin-textured, apex beaked; marginal hairs 8–10 pairs, c. 3 mm long; basal lobe extended backwards, c. 3 mm long, with a single erect pair of hairs c. 6 mm long at the base and another pair c. 2 mm long at the apex. Flowers Oct.–Dec.
Gold. Also Qld, NSW. Very rare in Victoria where known only from the Rushworth area in mallee and adjacent Box/Ironbark forest on stony or gravelly well-drained soils.
Easily recognised by the very long thread-like free points to the lateral sepals and the large basal appendage on the labellum.
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