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Genus Burnettia Family Orchidaceae

Description: Terrestrial herbs, sympodial; tuberoids globose, bumpy. Foliage leaves absent, the stem with 1–several fleshy, loosely clasping, purplish bracts or scales.

Inflorescence brittle and roughened, 1–3-flowered (rarely as many as 7) usually blooming only after bushfires. Flowers resupinate, small, with dark striations on veins outside and white to pinkish inside. Dorsal sepal hooding the column laxly but longer than the labellum. Labellum lacking a distinct claw; lamina three lobed, the margins shallowly toothed to pleated, bearing a basal callus edged by 2 rows of short, angled teeth with the midlobe ornamented with tiny papillae. Column curved, short with small wings. Anther erect. Pollinia 2, granular.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 1 species, endemic Australia. Australia: 1 species, endemic.

Text by P. Bernhardt
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Burnettia cuneata

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