Sarcochilus parviflorus —Green Tree Orchid, Green Lawyer Orchid—ORCHIDACEAE

Sarcochilus parviflorus

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Habitat—Grows on trees and more rarely on rocks in rainforest, from sea level to c. 600 m alt.

Distribution— North from Tathra in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description—Semi-pendent epiphyte or rarely an epilith orchid, with 1 or rarely 2 or more shoots; stems 0.5 to 7 cm long.

Local occurrences

Barrington Tops National Park, Dorrigo National Park and Tapin Tops National Park

Leaves.—Asymmetrically ovate to obovate to oblong or narrowly so, 2.5 to 12 cm long, 10 to 35 mm wide, slightly channelled, not spotted.

Sarcochilus parviflorus
Sarcochilus parviflorus

Inflorescence.— 2 to 10 cm long, 2 to 12–flowered, semi–pendent; rachis shorter to longer than peduncle; pedicel plus ovary commonly 7 mm long. Flowers not campanulate; dorsiventral dimension of flower about equal to lateral dimension. Sepals and lateral petals narrow–oblong, often markedly dilated near the tip, green to yellow. Labellum commonly 3 mm long, about half as long as dorsal sepal, glabrous. Column c. 2 mm long, slightly shorter than column foot, set at a very oblique angle to it.

Flowering.—Spring

Fruit.—Ribbed elongated capsule.

Ripe.—Summer

Sarcochilus parviflorus