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Prasophyllum fuscum R.Br.
Family Orchidaceae
Common name: Wingecarribee Leek Orchid

Prasophyllum fuscum R.Br. APNI*

Synonyms: Prasophyllum uroglossum Rupp APNI*

Description: Terrestrial herb, to 45 cm high.

Leaf to 40 cm long.

Infloresecnce usually < 20-flowered, not crowded. Flowers brown, purple-red and green, with a strong sweet scent. Dorsal sepal ovate to lanceolate, recurved, to 9 mm long. Lateral sepals to 8 mm long, usually free to base, almost parallel to each other. Lateral petals linear, usually < 8 mm long. Labellum on a narrow claw, lamina to 7.5 mm long and 4.5 mm wide, linear to ovate to weakly 3-lobed, with an elongated tip when flattened; in living flowers the upper half abruptly reflexed. Callus plate linear to oblong, greenish, with a deep central channel dividing it into 2 low ridges, usually extending about three quarters the length of the lamina. Column wings lanceolate, bright or pale pink; rostellum shorter than wings.

Photo D. Hardin

Flowering: September–November

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in boggy soils in open heath, sometimes in running water; restricted to the Burrawang district, very rare.
NSW subdivisions: CT

Threatened species: NSW BCA: Critically Endangered; Commonwealth EPBC: Vulnerable
AVH map***

Text by P. Bernhardt & R. R. Rowe
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)

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