Yarra Ranges Shire Council


Prasophyllum brevilabre

Common Name: Short-lip Leek-orchid
Family: Orchidaceae
Size: 12-40cm high
Description: Slender erect perennial herb growing from a fleshy tuber, new tubers produced at base of plant. Green to purplish stem. Flowers upside down with lip (labellum) on top
Leaves: Single slender to stout erect fleshy dark green leaf with reddish base, round in cross section, to 35cm long, free section rigid, pointed, to 80mm, non sheathing.
Flowering: Loose spike 2-6cm long of 8-30 flowers to 10mm across, ovary short. Central sepal pointed, incurved; erect lateral sepals joined, incurved. Narrow white lip folded back, wavy margins.
Flower Colour: Pale to dark green with reddish-brown stripes
Flowering Time: September to December
Growing Conditions: Moist soil in open mountain forests and heathy woodlands. Semi shade. Generally flowers after fire.
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.
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Plant Communities: 7, 8, 11, 12, 22, 30
Conservation Status: Locally common within its preferred growing conditions
Aboriginal Use: Food - tuber
Commercially available: Never
Bird Attracting: No
Butterfly Attracting: No
Frog Habitat: No
Photographer: Cathy Powers ©
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Last Updated: 30/06/2010
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