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Schistotylus purpuratus (Rupp) Dockrill
Family Orchidaceae
Schistotylus purpuratus (Rupp) Dockrill APNI*

Description: Epiphyte with 1 shoot, often suspended by 1 or a few of the numerous, tangled roots, pendent; stems 0.4–3 cm long.

Leaves linear to narrow-elliptic, 2–6 cm long, 2–3.5 mm wide, dark green, often with purple spotting.

Inflorescence 2–4 cm long, 3–8-flowered, pendent; pedicel plus ovary 3–5 mm long. Flowers strongly cupped, intensely fragrant; dorsiventral dimension of flower conspicuously greater than lateral dimension. Sepals and lateral petals ovate, the laterals asymmetrically so, green with heavy purple marking; dorsal sepal c. 3.0 mm long. Labellum white with some yellow markings; midlobe c. 1.2 mm long, triangular; lateral lobes c. 0.8 mm long, falcate-triangular; spur c. 3.0 mm long, slightly curved. Column c. 2.5 mm long.


Flowering: August–November

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in rainforest, and swampy heath, on the outer twigs of trees; north from the Carrai Plateau, on the coastal ranges and escarpment, between 600 and 900 m alt.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
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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