1-2 erect, thick leathery broadly lance-shaped leaves 4-11cm x 10-40mm, on stalks 1-8cm long, green on upper surface, brownish-purple below.
Stiffly erect hairless orchid with the column below the labellum. 1-2 broad leaves with 9-15 flowers growing to 40cm high. Flowers open sequentially up the stem. The labellum (lip) looks like a tounge curving upwards. Forms small colonies, retaining the leaves all year unless it is very dry. These orchids actively grow over spring and summer.
9-15 terminal raceme flowers, to 20mm across. Fine green perianth segments speading with margins rolled in. Oblong red to purple labellum projecting forward before sharply curving up, margins also inrollded. Black calli in 2 rows.
Green with dark reddish-purple lip (labellum)
Moist foothill forests, occasionally drier forests.
Date of Last Record
Semi shade. Well-drained soils