Peristeranthus hillii—Brown Fairy, Fairy Slippers—ORCHIDACEAE

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Habitat—Grows on trees and woody climbers in Rainforest, particularly in Littoral Rainforest, at or near sea level.

Distribution— North from Sea Acres National Park at Port Macquarie in new South Wales and into Queensland.

Description—Semi–pendent epiphytic orchid with 1 or rarely 2 or more shoots; stems 3 to 25 cm long.

Local occurrences

Sea Acres National Park Port Macquarie

Leaves.— Narrow–oblong, 5 to 25 cm long, 15 to 40 mm wide.

Inflorescence.—5 to 25 cm long, 25 to 75–flowered, pendent; rachis much longer than peduncle; pedicel plus ovary 1.5 to 3 mm long. Flowers widely opening but sepals and petals strongly incurved at apices. Sepals and lateral petals narrow–oblong to spathulate, 2.5 to 3.5 mm long, green with crimson spots. Labellum 2 to 2.5 mm long, yellow with crimson spots. Column 1 to 1.5 mm long, erect near the base but deflexed through 90° from the middle; foot 0.5 to 0.8 mm long.

Flowering.—September to October

Fruit.—A capsule

Ripe.—Summer