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Thynninorchis huntiana

Elbow Orchid

Erect saprophytic perennial herb, shooting from tubers. 2-4 sheathing bracts at base of stem.

Additional information

  • SynonymArthrochilus huntianus
  • FamilyOrchidaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size8-20 cm high
  • Plant groupingOrchids
  • LeavesAbsent
  • Flower colourReddish-green
  • Flowering timeNovember to March
  • FlowersSpike of 2-6 stalked flowers to 6 mm; petals and sepals similar, bent backwards; central petal (labellum) joined to column with elbow-like joint, tongue fringed with long purplish-red hairs, 2 rough hairy tails at lower end.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained soil, on dry ridges of open forests. Semi shade.
  • Garden useNever remove orchids from the bush. Saprophytes do not produce chlorophyll and live off decaying material. Cannot be cultivated.
  • Commercially availableRarely
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites where it is uncommon.
Photographer/s: 1 T Leitch, iNaturalist Australia ©; 2 Mischa Rowan ©; 3 David Francis, NatureShare ©

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