Common name: Broad-lipped Leek Orchid
Prasophyllum patens R.Br. APNI*
Description: Terrestrial herb, 10–30 cm high, colony-forming.
Leaf to 30 cm long.
Inflorescence usually < 50-flowered, widely spaced. Flowers green and white, thin-textured, lemon-scented. Dorsal sepal ovate, to 7 mm long. Lateral sepals to 7 mm long, weakly to widely divergent. Lateral petals linear, to 8 mm long, tips often bluntly triangular. Labellum to 8 mm long and 3 mm wide, ovate when flattened, lamina strongly recurved (usually not protruding between lateral sepals), margins crisped to pleated. Callus plate greenish, with a narrow central channel, not extending much further than the bend in the lamina. Column with column wings lanceolate to ± sickle-shaped; rostellum almost as high as column wings.
Flowering: October–December, usually after fires.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread, from coastal sites to inland districts.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, ?NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A.
Text by P. Bernhardt & R. R. Rowe
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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