Yarra Ranges Shire Council


Cryptostylis leptochila

Common Name: Small Tongue-orchid
Family: Orchidaceae
Size: 20-60cm high
Description: Stiffly erect perennial herb. 2-3 sheathing bracts scattered on stem.
Leaves: 1-2 erect, thick leathery broadly lance-shaped leaves 4-11cm x 10-40mm, on stalks 1-8cm long, green on upper surface, reddish-purple below.
Flowering: 5-17 stalkless flowers, sepals and petals spreading, narrow, inrolled. Hairy lip at top of flower, 2 rows of shiny black warty projections (calli); lip oblong, inrolled, humped near column.
Flower Colour: Green with dark red lip (labellum)
Flowering Time: October to April
Growing Conditions: Moist foothill forests, occasionally drier forests. Semi shade.
Garden Use: Use of orchids in gardens is not recommended, unless they already occur naturally, in which case they need to be protected. Removing orchids from the bush usually results in their death and further depletes remaining wild orchid populations.
Related Species:
Plant Communities: 8, 17, 21, 22
Conservation Status: Uncommon species which remains abundant in a few locations within the Shire.
Aboriginal Use: Food - tuber
Commercially available: Never
Bird Attracting: No
Butterfly Attracting: No
Frog Habitat: No
Photographer: 1 Helen Moss ©; 2, 3 Cathy Powers ©
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Last Updated: 30/06/2010
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