Common name: Boulder Orchid
Sarcochilus aequalis D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. APNI*
Description: Semi-erect epilith, often forming large groups of tufted shoots; stems 5–20 cm long.
Leaves narrow-oblong to linear to triangular, 8–13 cm long, 14–20 mm wide, deeply channelled, not spotted.
Inflorescence 6–15 cm long, 5–19-flowered, erect; rachis equal to or longer than peduncle; pedicel plus ovary 11–17 mm long. Flowers not campanulate; dorsiventral dimension of flower about equal to lateral dimension. Sepals and lateral petals elliptic to spathulate, cream, with reddish brown spots at the base. Labellum 1.5–4 mm long, about a third as long as dorsal sepal, glabrous. Column c. 1.5 mm long, about two-thirds as long as column foot, set almost at right angles to it.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on rocks, in sclerophyll forest or exposed sites; from 400 to 1200 m alt., between the Manning and Clarence Rivers.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NT
Text by P. H. Weston
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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