Dockrillia pugioniformis —Dagger Orchid—ORCHIDACEAE

Dockrillia pugioniformis

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Habitat—Usually grows in rainforest on trees and rocks, from near sea level to over 1000 m alt.

Distribution—North from the Bega district, New South Wales and Queensland..

Description— Epiphyte or epilith orchid with stems pendent, wiry, rooting mostly at the base of the sympodium but also from more apical stems, 0.5 to 3 cm long, 1 to 1.5 mm diam., with 1 leaf at apex; roots smooth, creeping and aerial.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops Boorganna Nature Reserve and Sea Acres National Park.

Leaves.— Mostly pendent, ovate to narrow—ovate, 1 to 7 cm long, 5 to 20 mm wide, 1 to 3 mm thick, flattened, attenuate, succulent, smooth.

Dockrillia pugioniformis
Dockrillia pugioniformis

Inflorescence—0.4 to 0.7 cm long, 1—or rarely 2—or 3—flowered. Sepals and lateral petals green to pale brown with brown striations at the base; dorsal sepal 8 to 12 mm long, 2 to 3 mm wide; labellum white to cream with purple markings, 13 to 18 mm long, 6 to 9 mm wide. Column c. 4 mm long; column foot 4 to 5 mm long.

Flowering.—September to November