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Sarcochilus spathulatus R.S.Rogers
Family Orchidaceae
Common name: Small Butterfly Orchid

Sarcochilus spathulatus R.S.Rogers APNI*

Synonyms: Parasarcochilus spathulatus (R.S.Rogers) Dockrill APNI*
Pteroceras spathulatus (R.S.Rogers) Garay APNI*

Description: Semi-pendent epiphyte, usually with 1 shoot; stems 0.5–3 cm long.

Leaves narrow-ovate to narrow-obovate to narrow-oblong, 1.5–7 cm long, 5–17 mm wide, slightly channelled, sometimes spotted.

Inflorescence 2–5 cm long, 1–5-flowered, semi-pendent; rachis usually longer than peduncle; pedicel plus ovary 5–8 mm long. Flowers not campanulate; dorsiventral dimension of flower about equal to lateral dimension. Sepals and lateral petals narrow-oblong, often markedly dilated near the tip, greenish brown. Labellum c. 5 mm long, almost as long as dorsal sepal, glabrous. Column c. 1.5 mm long, about half as long as column foot, set almost at right angles to it.

Flowering: July–October

Distribution and occurrence: Grows on outer branches of trees in gallery rainforest and tree trunks of drier rainforest on hillsides, from near sea level to c. 900 m alt.; north from the Hunter R.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by P. H. Weston
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)

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