Common name: Variable Midge Orchid
Genoplesium archeri (Hook.f.) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. APNI*
Synonyms: Prasophyllum archeri Hook.f. APNI*
Corunastylis archeri (Hook.f.) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. APNI*
Description: Terrestrial herb 10–20 cm high.
Inflorescence dense, 2–3.5 cm long, 10–20-flowered.
Flowers 4.5–5 mm across, purplish to purplish red with darker stripes. Dorsal sepal ovate, 4–4.5 mm long, c. 2 mm wide, margins entire, apex acuminate. Lateral sepals linear to lanceolate, 5–5.5 mm long, c. 1 mm across, slightly gibbous at base, divergent. Petals ovate, 3–3.5 mm long 1.3–1.4 mm wide, margins entire, rarely with a few cilia. Labellum broad-ovate, 3–3.5 mm long, 1.6–2 mm across, apex acuminate, recurved, margins with coarse cilia to 1 mm long; callus narrow-ovate, extending nearly to the labellum apex.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in moist sclerophyll forest among grass; chiefly from Guyra to the Blue Mtns.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Text by D. L. Jones
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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