Common name: Rat's Tail Orchid
Dendrobium fairfaxii F.Muell. & Fitzg. APNI*
Synonyms: Dendrobium teretifolium var. fairfaxii (F.Muell. & Fitzg.) F.M.Bailey APNI*
Dockrillia fairfaxii (F.Muell. & Fitzg.) Rauschert APNI*
Description: Epiphyte or rarely epilith with stems spreading to pendent, wiry, rooting mostly at base of the sympodium but also occasionally from more apical stems, with 1 leaf at apex; roots smooth, mostly creeping.
Leaves pendent, linear, terete, 10–70 cm long, 4–6 mm diam, succulent, smooth.
Inflorescences 1–5 cm long, 1–4-flowered. Sepals and lateral petals white to cream with red or purple striations at the base; dorsal sepal 20–35 mm long, 2–3 mm wide; labellum cream, spotted and marked with reddish purple, 20–35 mm long, 3.5–6 mm wide. Column 2–4 mm long; column foot 4–6 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on trees and rarely on rocks in rainforest; most common in the ranges to 1000 m alt., but also at lower elevations, north from the Blue Mtns.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NT, CT
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by P. H. Weston
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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