Sarcochilus falcatus—Orange-blossom Orchid, Orange Blossom Orchid—ORCHIDACEAE.

Sarcochilus falcatus

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Habitat— Grows on a variety of rainforest tree species but most commonly on Acacia melanoxylon or rarely on rocks, from 300 to 1200 m alt.; on the tablelands and coastal ranges.

Distribution—Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description— Semi—pendent epiphyte or rarely an epilith, with 1 or rarely 2 or more shoots; stems 1 to 8 cm long.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Booti Hill, Cape Hawke, Coocumbac Island, Copeland, Sea Acres National Park and Wingham Brush.

Leaves.—Asymmetrically oblanceolate to narrow—oblong, 2 to 16 cm long, 8 to 22 mm wide, slightly channelled, not spotted.

Sarcochilus falcatus
Sarcochilus falcatus

Inflorescence.— 1 to 13 cm long, 1 to 12—flowered, semi—pendent; rachis longer than or equal to peduncle; pedicel plus ovary 8 to 15 mm long. Flowers not campanulate; dorsiventral dimension of flower about equal to lateral dimension. Sepals and lateral petals elliptic to spathulate, white, usually with a purple midline on the outside. Labellum 3.5 to 6.0 mm long, one—third to half as long as dorsal sepal, glabrous, white stained with orange and striated with purple. Column 2.5 to 4 mm long, slightly shorter than column foot, ± set at right angles to it.

Flowering.—September to October