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Prasophyllum appendiculatum Nicholls
Family Orchidaceae
Prasophyllum appendiculatum Nicholls APNI*

Description: Terrestrial herb, to 45 cm high.

Leaf to 30 cm long.

Inflorescence stout, usually < 30-flowered red-brown, crowded or not. Flowers strongly 2-coloured, red-brown and pale green, thin-textured, sweetly scented. Dorsal sepal ovate to lanceolate, 7–10 mm long, with a broad red-brown central stripe. Lateral sepals lanceolate, 8–10 mm long, broad at the base, tapering to acute tips, free, flat, striped. Dorsal petals linear to oblong, 7–8 mm long, spreading with incurved tips, acute. Labellum on a distinct claw, to 8 mm long, lamina ovate, red-brown with pale edges, acuminate when flattened; in living flowers lamina horizontal, humped, with a recurved narrow appendix-like apex. Callus plate short but well marked, situated at the bend in the labellum, darker than the lamina and distinctly grooved. Column wings narrow-oblong, red, obtuse; rostellum short, flat.


Flowering: October–November, especially after fire.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry sclerophyll forest or woodland in damp places; eastern side of the tablelands, south from Mittagong.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
AVH map***

Has been confused with P. uroglossum, but it is not closely related to that species.

Text by P. Bernhardt & 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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