Common name: Small Waxlip Orchid
Glossodia minor R.Br. APNI*
Description: Slender terrestrial 5–16 cm high; similar in habit to G. major but smaller in all its parts.
Leaf and lower part of stem very hairy. Leaf broad-lanceolate, 2–4 cm long, prostrate.
Flowers 1 or 2, deep violet-blue, rarely white. Sepals and petals 8–15 mm long, broad-lanceolate, pale below. Labellum ovate, 3–5 mm long, straight, apex acute; surface similar to that in G. major except usually not white near the base; basal calli fused at their bases, with dark heads. Column erect; anther acute.
Flowering: Flowers July–Sept
Distribution and occurrence: West to Temora district.
Widespread in coastal and near-coastal districts, especially in heath
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Text by P. Bernhardt
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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