Common name: Bonnet Orchid, Tartan Tongue Orchid
Cryptostylis erecta F.Muell. ex Benth. APNI*
Description: Terrestrial herb.
Leaves 7.5–19 cm long, lamina lanceolate to ovate, 6–13 cm long, 13–30 mm wide, upper surface dark green, lower surface purple; petiole 1.5–10 cm long.
Inflorescence erect, 15–80 cm long, 2–12-flowered. Sepals 18–25 mm long, green. Labellum 20–35 mm long, 10–15 mm wide, contracted just above the base enclosing the column, then abruptly erect and very broad, deeply concave, forming a hood, surfaces glabrous or the upper surface minutely hairy, green with a few purple spots along the midline but otherwise lilac with conspicuous maroon striations. Column wings not connected behind the anther, with irregularly toothed margins.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry sclerophyll forest and heath often on sandy soil; chiefly in coastal districts, west to the higher Blue Mtns.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT
Other Australian states: Vic.
Text by P. H. Weston
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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