Rhinerrhiza divitiflora—Raspy Root Orchid—ORCHIDACEAE.

Rhinerrhiza divitiflora

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Habitat—Grows on rainforest trees and rocks on the coast and coastal ranges, at lower altitudes/

Distribution— North from the Hunter River in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description—Distinctive, erect to semi—pendent epiphyte or rarely a lithophyte, with 1 or rarely 2 or more shoots. It has an extensive root system of flattened roots covered with tiny warts giving the common name of Raspy root orchid

Local occurrences

Janies Corner; Cape Hawke, Booti Booti National Park, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Sea Acres National Park and Zamia Place Reserve Forster.

Leaves.— Up to 6 large leathery leaves to 15 cm long and 2 to 3.5 cm wide, with undulating edges.

Rhinerrhiza divitiflora
Rhinerrhiza divitiflora

Inflorescence.—Up to 6 flowering stems up to 30 cm long, covered in from 6 to 60 crowded flowers 4 cm across. Sepals and lateral petals are linear to triangular 3 to 5 cm long and 2 mm wide, yellow to pale orange with red stripy spots and blotches near the base. Labellum is about 4 mm long and 2.5 mm wide, white with yellow and heavy red striations

Flowering.—August to November.