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OrchidMicrotis sp.

Onion Orchid at Cotter River, ACT

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Microtis sp. at Cotter River, ACT - 10 Dec 2017
Microtis sp. at Cotter River, ACT - 10 Dec 2017
Microtis sp. at Cotter River, ACT - 10 Dec 2017
Microtis sp. at Cotter River, ACT - 10 Dec 2017
Microtis sp. at Cotter River, ACT - 10 Dec 2017
Microtis sp. at Cotter River, ACT - 10 Dec 2017
Microtis sp. at Cotter River, ACT - 10 Dec 2017

Identification history

Orchid Microtis sp. 12 Dec 2017 TonyWoodFounding Explorer - TonyWood joined us in 2014!
Orchid Microtis sp. aff. unifolia 11 Dec 2017 GlenRyanSignificant Sighting - GlenRyan has made a recognised, significant sighting!

Author's notes

I haven't really shown the scale that well here but these are only about 20 cm tall. Given the number and spacing of flowers and the elevation I was thinking maybe Alpine onion orchid? Realise now I should have got in even closer to the flowers!

2 comments

TonyWoodFounding Explorer - TonyWood joined us in 2014! wrote:
   12 Dec 2017
I'm calling this Microtis sp. at the moment. The genus is undergoing a bit of a review and I have been advised that M. unifolia is not now considered to occur in Australia! It may end up as M. arenaria. A close up of the flower clearly showing the labellum is required for id, not easy with such small flowers.
GlenRyanSignificant Sighting - GlenRyan has made a recognised, significant sighting! wrote:
   12 Dec 2017
Hi Tony - thanks for that ... sounds like Microtis could def do with a rework! I'm actually out in Namadgi again tomorrow so will get a more close up shot of the flowers - was on the run the other day so just took a few quick snaps. Cheers Glen

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Location information

Species information

  • Highly sensitive
  • Local Native

Sighting information

  • 2 Abundance
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  • 10 Dec 2017 Recorded on
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