Common name: Leafless Tongue-orchid, Leafless Tongue Orchid
Cryptostylis hunteriana Nicholls APNI*
Description: Saprophytic terrestrial herb.
Inflorescences erect 15–45 cm long, 5–10-flowered. Sepals linear 18–22 mm long, green. Labellum narrow-spathulate, 22–33 mm long, 6–7 mm wide, erect, margins recurved, upper surface conspicuously hairy, lower surface glabrous, maroon at the tip and along the margins, with a wide central longitudinal black band becoming 4 black lines towards the base, green basally. Column wings almost connected behind the anther, with glandular fringed margins.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in swamp-heath on sandy soils, chiefly in coastal districts, south from the Gibraltar Ra.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT
Other Australian states: Vic.
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Vulnerable; Commonwealth EPBC: Vulnerable
Text by P. H. Weston
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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