Cestichis reflexa—Tom Cats—ORCHIDACEAE

Cestichis reflexa

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Habitat— Grows in Rainforest to Dry Sclerophyll Forest in coastal areas and escarpment ranges below 900 m alt.between the Clyde and Hastings Rivers and inland to the upper Hunter Valley

Distribution— Confined to New South Wales between the Clyde (South Coast) and Hastings Rivers (Mid North Coast)and inland to the upper Hunter Valley.

Description—Epilith or rarely a terrestrial herb; pseudobulbs ovoid to compressed–ovoid, 2 to 4 cm long, 15 to 30 mm wide, exposed.

Local occurrences

Alum Mountain Bulahdelah State Forest and Coorabakh National Park

Leaves.—Usually 2 or 3 (sometimes 1 or 4) per shoot, jointed at the base, linear to lanceolate, 10 to 30 cm long, 10 to 15 mm wide, conduplicate; not petiolate.

Cestichis reflexa
Cestichis reflexa

Inflorescence.—Erect to pendent, 10 to 30 cm long, 5 to 32–flowered; pedicel plus ovary 6 to 16 mm long. Flowers greenish, cream or yellow with age, with 2 parallel, longitudinal yellow to orange keels on the labellum. Sepals decurved, acute, 8 to 18 mm long, 1 to 3 mm wide. Lateral petals decurved, 6 to 13 mm long, 1 to 1.5 mm wide. Labellum deflexed through c. 180° , truncate to rounded.

Flowering.— February to June.

Fruit.— A ribbed capsule.

Ripe.—May to September