Papillilabium beckleri—Papillilabium—ORCHIDACEAE

Papillilabium beckleri

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Habitat— Grows in Rainforest, especially along creeks, on the outer twigs of trees, on the coast and coastal ranges, from sea level to c. 600 m alt.

Distribution— North from Royal National Park in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description— Epiphyte with 1 shoot, often suspended by 1 or a few of the numerous, tangled, aerial roots; stems 0.2 to 4 cm long.

Local occurrences

Tapin Tops National Park

Leaves.— Oblanceolate to linear, 1.2 to 5 cm long, 2 to 4.5 mm wide, green, often with purple spotting.

Inflorescence.— 0.5 to 4.5 cm long, 1 to 8–flowered, pendent; pedicel plus ovary 3 to 6 mm long. Flowers cupped, intensely fragrant; dorsiventral dimension of flower greater than lateral dimension. Sepals and lateral petals c. 3 mm long, green, sometimes with purple or crimson markings; sepals narrow–oblong to ovate; petals linear. Labellum white to green, sometimes with purple markings; midlobe 0.3 to 0.5 mm long, deeply 2–fid; lateral lobes c. 1 mm long, broadly falcate–triangular; spur 2 to 2.5 mm long, slightly curved. Column c. 1.5 mm long; foot 2 to 2.5 mm long

Flowering.—September–November

Papillilabium beckleri