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Prasophyllum solstitium D.L.Jones
Family Orchidaceae
Prasophyllum solstitium D.L.Jones APNI*

Description: Terrestrial herb, 30–45 cm high.

Leaf 15–40 cm long, bright green with purplish base.

Inflorescence 10–35-flowered, moderately crowded. Flowers greenish pink to purplish red with whitish, pinkish, reddish or purplish labellum, strongly fragrant. Dorsal sepal narrowly ovate-lanceolate, 8.5–10 mm long, 3–4 mm wide, deflexed or recurved distally. Lateral sepals free, linear-lanceolate to lanceolate, 8.5–10 mm long, 2.5–3 mm wide. Lateral petals porrect to slightly upswept, incurved, linear to narrowly linear-lanceolate, 6.5–7.5 mm long, c. 1.8 mm wide. Labellum very shortly stalked; lamina 5–6 mm long, 4–4.5 mm wide, broadly ovate-lanceolate when flattened, porrect in proximal half, recurved nearly at right angle near the middle; apex often projecting between the lateral sepals, the margins widely flared, entire proximally, undulate-crenate distally. Callus plate ovate-lanceolate, fleshy, with a narrow median channel, c. 5 mm long, c. 3 mm wide, green, glabrous.

obovoid, 6–8 mm long, 3–4 mm wide, green to purplish.


Flowering: Dec–January, flowering in the absence of fire.

Distribution and occurrence: Restricted to the New England Tableland, NE NSW.

Grows in grassy flats dominated by Themeda australis and Bothriochloa sp., on heavy black basaltic loam. Alt. 800-900 m.
NSW subdivisions: NT
AVH map***

Text by P.H. Weston
Taxon concept: Jones (2000, 2006)

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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