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Diuris brevissima Fitzg. ex Nicholls
Family Orchidaceae
Diuris brevissima Fitzg. ex Nicholls APNI*

Description: Terrestrial herb.

Leaves 2, linear, c. 30 cm long, c. 6 mm wide, conduplicate.

Raceme to 35 cm high, 2–9-flowered. Flowers light yellow with red brown markings, c. 2 cm across. Dorsal sepal broad-ovate, 8–10 mm long, 6–8 mm wide, erect. Lateral sepals linear, c. 10 mm long, c. 2.5 mm wide, deflexed, parallel. Petals divergent; lamina broad-ovate to circular; claw dark-coloured. Labellum 6–8 mm long; lateral lobes oblong-cuneate, 6–8 mm long, 2–3 mm wide, margins irregular; midlobe obovate when flattened, 6–8 mm wide, ridged along midline; callus of 2 ridges c. 3 mm long.


Flowering: October

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in sclerophyll forest; a poorly known species, recorded only from the Blue Mtns.
NSW subdivisions: CT
AVH map***

Text by D. L. Jones
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)


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