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Sarcochilus falcatus R.Br.
Family Orchidaceae
Common name: Orange-blossom Orchid, Orange Blossom Orchid

Sarcochilus falcatus R.Br. APNI*

Description: Semi-pendent epiphyte or rarely an epilith, with 1 or rarely 2 or more shoots; stems 1–8 cm long.

Leaves asymmetrically oblanceolate to narrow-oblong, 2–16 cm long, 8–22 mm wide, slightly channelled, not spotted.

Inflorescence 1–13 cm long, 1–12-flowered, semi-pendent; rachis longer than or equal to peduncle; pedicel plus ovary 8–15 mm long. Flowers not campanulate; dorsiventral dimension of flower about equal to lateral dimension. Sepals and lateral petals elliptic to spathulate, white, usually with a purple midline on the outside. Labellum 3.5–6.0 mm long, one-third to half as long as dorsal sepal, glabrous, white stained with orange and striated with purple. Column 2.5–4 mm long, slightly shorter than column foot, ± set at right angles to it.

Photo J. Plaza

Flowering: recorded October

Distribution and occurrence: Grows on a variety of rainforest tree species but most commonly on Acacia melanoxylon or rarely on rocks, from 300 to 1200 m alt.; on the tablelands and coastal ranges.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
AVH map***

Text by P. H. Weston
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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