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Cheirostylis notialis D.L.Jones
Family Orchidaceae
Cheirostylis notialis D.L.Jones APNI*

Description: Epilith or terrestrial herb with ± erect shoots 1–4 cm high.; rhizome 4–8 cm long, 6–10 mm diam.

Leaves 3–6 per shoot; lamina ovate, 1.3–3.5 cm long, 10–20 mm wide.

Inflorescence erect, 5–18 cm long, 1–4-flowered. Flowers opening tardily or not at all, white. Dorsal sepal 5–6 mm long, 3.5–4 mm wide. Lateral sepals 5–6 mm long, 4.3–4.5 mm wide. Lateral petals 5–6 mm long, c. 2 mm wide. Labellum apex divided into 2 oblong, spreading lobes, calli 1–3, lobed, minute; lamina lobes c. 4 mm long, 3 mm wide, oblong, with toothed distal margins.


Illustration
L. Elkan

Flower
Photo W. Cherry

Other photo
Photo W. Cherry

Herbarium
Sheet

Flowering: October–November

Distribution and occurrence: Usually grows amongst litter on the floor of littoral rainforest; north from Coffs Harbour.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by P. H. Weston
Taxon concept: D.L. Jones (2006) A Complete Guide to Native Orchids of Australia Including the Island Territories.


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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