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Microtis rara R.Br.
Family Orchidaceae
Common name: Scented Onion Orchid

Microtis rara R.Br. APNI*

Description: Slender terrestrial herb, 15–50 cm high.

Leaf 20–50 cm long.

Inflorescence to c. 50 cm high, 10–30-flowered; pedicels 1–2 mm long; bracts lanceolate, 3–4 mm long, 1–2 mm wide. Flowers fragrant, green, erect. Dorsal sepal ovate, 3–4 mm long, 1.5–2 mm wide, shallowly concave below, apex apiculate; lateral sepals linear to oblong, spreading, recurved or revolute, 2–3 mm long, 0.8 mm wide. Petals falcate to lanceolate, 2–2.5 mm long, 0.8 mm wide. Labellum ± oblong, usually constricted about middle, 3–4 mm long, 1–1.5 mm wide, margins crenulate, often thickened. Column incurved with prominent oblong to spathulate lateral appendages.

Photo W. Grimm

Flowering: October–January

Distribution and occurrence: Grows mostly in swamps or in forests in high-rainfall regions; chiefly in coastal district, west to the Blue Mtns.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A.
AVH map***

Text by R. R. Rowe
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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