||This small terrestrial is one of the Elbow orchids. This genus is very
easy to separate when in flower due to the unique elbow shaped flowers.
This orchid grows in open forests around Brisbane in gravely soil and
usually occurs in large numbers. Due to it small size and red and green
colours, this orchid is very easily overlooked.
The flower stem grows to about 150mm tall with about 6 flowers, each
only about 15mm long. When the flowering finishes, the blue green leaves
will emerge. The leaves will die off in winter.
This orchid is very similar to Arthrochilus irritabilis but can
be distinguished by the sparser calli on the labellum which are not club
shaped. To inspect the labellum calli will require a magnifying glass.