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Cryptostylis leptochila R.Br.
Family Orchidaceae
Common name: Small tongue orchid, Small Tongue Orchid

Cryptostylis leptochila R.Br. APNI*

Description: Terrestrial herb.

Leaves 9–13 cm long, lamina ovate, 6–9 cm long, 26–40 mm wide, upper surface dark green, lower surface purple; petiole 2–6 cm long.

Inflorescence erect, 15–40 cm long, 4–15-flowered. Sepals 13–20 mm long, green. Labellum narrow-oblong, 15–20 mm long, 4–5 mm wide, contracted above the base enclosing the column, then abruptly erect, with recurved margins, recurved at the tip, upper surface minutely hairy, lower surface glabrous, maroon with black central stripe and a row of 6–9 black spots on each side. Column wings not connected behind the anther, with irregularly toothed margins.


Flowering: November–March

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry sclerophyll forest; on the coast and ranges, west to the higher Blue Mtns.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas.
AVH map***

Text by P. H. Weston
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)


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***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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