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Plectorrhiza erecta (Fitzg.) Dockrill
Family Orchidaceae
Plectorrhiza erecta (Fitzg.) Dockrill APNI*

Description: Erect epiphyte or lithophyte, with 1 unbranched shoot or up to 5 branching shoots, with prominent, often tangled, aerial roots descending to support the plant; stems 10–60 cm long.

Leaves narrowly ovate to oblong, 2–4.5 cm long, 6–12 mm wide, coriaceous, bright green.

Inflorescence 1.5–4.5 cm long, 6–9-flowered, basally suberect but strongly curved downwards towards tip; pedicel plus ovary 5–6 mm long. Flowers cupped. Sepals and lateral petals narrowly oblong-ovate, yellowish orange, much blotched with purplish brown within, c. 4 mm long. Labellum cream coloured; midlobe c. 1 mm long, triangular, obtuse; lateral lobes c. 1 mm long, triangular; spur c. 1.5 mm long, curved.

Flowering: November–January

Distribution and occurrence: Lord Howe Island.

Locally occasional to common in a variety of sites from closed forest to open clearings, at 100-530 m alt.
NSW subdivisions: LHI
AVH map***

Description compiled from Nicholls (1969), Green (1994), and herbarium specimens.

Text by P.H. Weston
Taxon concept: Green (1994)

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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