Common name: Lizard Orchid
Burnettia cuneata Lindl. APNI*
Description: Terrestrial herb.
Inflorescence to 13 cm high, fleshy, usually 1–3-flowered; peduncle with basal bract or bracts ovate to lanceolate, to 20 mm long and 8 mm wide, purple to brownish. Sepals, lateral petals and labellum to 13 mm long, fleshy; the dorsal sepal forming a loose, pointed cap over the shorter column. Labellum with margins of 3 lobes shallowly toothed to fringed with a pimply tip and a toothed basal callus. Column to 7 mm long, shorter than sepals and petals.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in wet peaty soil in shrubby swamps dominated by Melaleuca and Leptospermum, usually found in spring–summer following summer–autumn bushfire; often coastal but not common, south from the Blue Mtns and near Bulli Pass.
NSW subdivisions: CC, CT
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Threatened species: ROTAP: 3RC-
Text by P. Bernhardt
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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