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OrchidHymenochilus crassicaulis

Alpine swan greenhood at Snowy Plain, NSW

Hymenochilus crassicaulis at Snowy Plain, NSW - 24 Nov 2004

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Author's notes

I've got one last orchid photo that I'd like to get sorted as to whether it is cycnocephalus or crassicaulis. I can't find a source to tell me what the difference is, as PlantNet mentions crassicaulis but does not include it in their key. This was somewhere on Snowy Plain, elevation roughly 1360m (location on map is approximate).

5 comments

CathB wrote:
   21 Jan 2019
Thick stem, crowded flowers and location all suggest H. crassicaulis
   21 Jan 2019
OK, thanks for the tip. So cycnocephalus is generally at lower elevation, not alpine or subalpine at all?
CathB wrote:
   21 Jan 2019
According to the Field Guide to Orchids of the ACT, crassicaulis occurs between 1050 and 1850 m and cycnocephalus from 50 to 800 m.
   21 Jan 2019
Sounds like the challenge is on to find a Hymenochilus between 800 and 1050m then!
CathB wrote:
   21 Jan 2019
That occurred to me too!

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Location information

Species information

  • Sensitive
  • Rare or uncommon Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 - 3 Abundance
  • True In flower
  • 24 Nov 2004 Recorded on
  • JackieMiles Recorded by

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