Mayfly Orchid

Mayfly Orchid
Photographer
Frank Pierce
Common Name
Mayfly Orchid
Scientific Name
Acianthus caudatus
Size
5-25cm
Leaf Description
Single thin heart-shaped leaf 7-33mm x 7-30mm, green above, reddish-purple below, margins bluntly toothed, held flat above ground level.
General Description
A very distinctive orchid with spidery flowers and a heart shaped leaf. Slender erect perennial growing from small tubers.
Flower Description
1-6 slender dark red to purple flowers with long thin sepals, petals fine and shorter than sepals. Labellum ovate and recurved.
Flower Colour
Dark purple-red
Suburb
Eltham, Bend of Islands, Christmas Hills, North Warrandyte, Hurstbridge, St Andrews
Flowering Months
August
September
October
Habitat
Open Forests
Date of Last Record
2000-2015
Growing Conditions
Moist clay-loams in cool shady areas