Dockrillia linguiformis —Tongue Orchid—ORCHIDACEAE

Dockrillia linguiformis

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Habitat— Grows on rocks and trees, usually in sclerophyll forest, also in rainforest and in exposed rocky sites;

Distribution—Coastal sites north from Ulladulla on the South Coast of New South Wales, west to Gungal and Tamworth districts and into North Queensland.

Description—Epiphyte or epilith with stems prostrate, wiry, rooting freely along almost whole length, 1 to 4 cm long, 3 to 4 mm diam., with 1 leaf at apex; roots smooth, creeping.

Local occurrences

Cape Hawke, Coocumbac Island, Wallamba River Area and Wingham Brush.

Leaves.— Prostrate, elliptic to oblong to obovate, 2 to 4 cm long, 8 to 15 mm wide, 4 to 6 mm thick, flattened, succulent, longitudinally furrowed on the upper surface but otherwise smooth.

Dockrillia linguiformis
Dockrillia linguiformis

Inflorescence—5 to 15 cm long, 6 to 20—flowered. Sepals and lateral petals white to cream; dorsal sepal 15 to 22 mm long, 3 to 4 mm wide; labellum cream with pale purple markings, 5 to 6 mm long, 3 to 4 mm wide. Column c. 2 mm long; column foot c. 3 mm long.

Flowering.—September to October.