Sarcochilus australis

Butterfly Orchid, Gunn's Orchid

Semi-pendulous epiphytic orchid.

Additional information

  • FamilyOrchidaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Size5-15 cm across, stems to 5 cm long
  • Plant groupingOrchids
  • Leaves3-10 thin leathery oblong, sometimes curved, dark green leaves 2-11 cm x 4-17 mm.
  • Flower colourPale yellowish-green to brown, lip white with yellow suffusions & purple stripes
  • Flowering timeOctober to December
  • Flowers1-4 pendulous sprays of 2-17 fragrant flowers. Sepals and petals narrowly spoon-shaped, spreading; lip short, 3-lobed, projecting forward, side lobes broad, erect, curved inwards.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsEpiphytic on mossy branches and trunks in fern gullies of cool rainforest and tall closed forest. Semi shade to dappled shade. Very rare within the Shire.
  • Garden useIf encountered in the bush it should never be removed. May be available occasionally for purchase. Grow in fernery in cool dark position on bark of trees.
  • Commercially availableRarely
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites.
  • Aboriginal Use Food - tuber
Photographer/s: 1, 2, 4, 5 Ken Harris ©; 3 C&M Rowan, RetiredAussies ©

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