Plectorrhiza tridentata — Tangle Orchid—ORCHIDACEAE.

Plectorrhiza tridentata

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Habitat—Common in rainforest, especially along creeks, on the outer branches of trees or rarely on rocks; on the coast and escarpment, from sea level to c. 900 m alt.

Distribution—Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—Pendent epiphyte orchid, with 1 or rarely 2 or more branching shoots, often suspended by one or a few of the numerous, tangled, aerial roots; stems 1 to 35 cm long.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Booti Hill, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Cape Hawke, Copeland, Knappinghat Nature Reserve and Zamia Place Reserve,

Leaves.—Narrow—elliptic to ovate or obovate to oblong, 3 to 10 cm long, 3.5 to 16 mm wide, green to purplish.

Plectorrhiza tridentata
Plectorrhiza tridentata

Inflorescence.—1 to 12 cm long, 2 to 15-flowered, straight to gently curved, pendent to spreading; pedicel plus ovary c. 6 mm long. Flowers weakly cupped, strongly fragrant. Sepals and lateral petals oblong—ovate, brown and green or dark and light green, c. 5 mm long. Labellum white with green or brown markings; midlobe c. 1.5 mm long, triangular, acute; lateral lobes c. 2 mm long, triangular; spur 2 to 3 mm long, curved.

Flowering.—September to January