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Acianthus sp. A sensu Harden (1993)
Family Orchidaceae
Acianthus sp. A sensu Harden (1993) APNI*

Description: Terrestrial herb.

Leaf 8–18 mm long, 8–12 mm wide, upper surface dark green, lower surface reddish purple.

Raceme 4–10 cm high, 1–5-flowered. Flowers 5–7 mm long, translucent, pinkish with a dark labellum. Dorsal sepal ovate, cucullate, 5–7 mm long, 3–3.5 mm wide. Lateral sepals linear to oblanceolate, 6–6.5 mm long, c. 1 mm wide, with a red central stripe; apical point c. 2 mm long. Petals narrow-ovate to lanceolate, c. 3 mm long, c. 1 mm wide. Labellum ovate to lanceolate, distal margins strongly recurved, broad-ovate to cordate when flattened, c. 3 mm long, c. 1.8 mm wide, acuminate; callus thick, fleshy, papillose near the apex.


Flowering: May–June.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows under sparse scrub on coastal headlands near Tathra.
NSW subdivisions: SC
AVH map***

Text by D. L. Jones
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
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