Little Pink Spider-orchid
Single green leaf that is long and narrow, and very hairy to 9cm long x 5-9mm wide.
Single flowered perennial to 20cm tall with a single narrow leaf at the base of a hairy stem bearing a large, brilliant pink spider flower with a musky fragrance. Endangered nationally and in Victoria, highly threatened. Very restricted habitat and only known to occur in Nillumbik. A recovery program for this species is in place.
Single musk-scented flower light to bright deep pink, to 50mm across. Lateral sepals and petals long and straight narrowing abruptly to fine tips, together they form a cross shape. Dorsal sepal erect. Labellum has a pale pink base with fringed margins and calli in 6 rows coloured rose to deep pink.
Cottles Bridge, Diamond Creek, Research, Smiths Gully, St Andrews, Christmas Hills
Grassy Dry Forest
Date of Last Record
Well drained soil, semi-shade. Sandy clay loams derived from sandstone and mudstone. It grows mainly on dry west-facing slopes in well-drained skeletal sandy clay loams
Conservation Status EPBC
Conservation Status FFG
Conservation Status Vic