Common name: Beech Orchid
Dendrobium falcorostrum Fitzg. APNI*
Synonyms: Thelychiton falcorostrus (Fitzg.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones APNI*
Description: Epiphyte with stems erect to spreading, succulent, cylindrical, tapering gradually towards the ends, rooting only at the base, 12–50 cm long, 10–15 mm diam., with 2–5 leaves at apex; roots smooth, creeping.
Leaves spreading to erect, narrow-elliptic to oblanceolate, 6–14 cm long, 15–30 mm wide, conduplicate, thin, smooth.
Inflorescences 8–16 cm long, 4–20-flowered. Sepals and lateral petals white to cream; dorsal sepal 16–25 mm long, 4–9 mm wide; labellum white to cream with yellow and purple markings, 10–15 mm long, 7–12 mm wide. Column 3–4 mm long; column foot 6–7 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in cool-temp. rainforest, almost exclusively on Nothofagus moorei ; north from the Barrington Tops.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NT
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by P. H. Weston
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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