Slender Onion-orchid

Slender Onion-orchid
Photographer
Nev Ragg
Common Name
Slender Onion-orchid
Scientific Name
Microtis parviflora
Size
50cm
Leaf Description
Single erect hollow leaf 10-32cm long, sheathing flower stem.
General Description
To 50cm high. 10-80 tiny green flowers, in a dense spike, are on the end of large ovaries. The labellum tip is heart shaped to triangular, small recurved blunt or pointed tip, the margins entire or wavy. Flower spike is sheathed by a hollow onion-like leaf to 32cm long and each flower spike emerges well below the tip. Common and widespread forming large colonies and colonising lawns and disturbed areas.
Flower Description
Dense spike of 10-80 tiny green flowers, to 3mm across. Spreading sepals and petals, dorsal sepal hooded and lateral sepals curled back. Labellum ovate to heart-shaped with 2 ofter fused calli near the base.
Flower Colour
Green
Flowering Months
January
September
October
November
December
Habitat
Widespread in moist areas and bogs
Date of Last Record
2000-2015
Growing Conditions
Moist to winter wet soils in low-lying areas. Semi shade. Fires stimulate mass flowering.