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Home Orchids of Brisbane Aci. amplexicaulis Aci. caudatus Aci. exsertus Aci. fornicatus Arth. prolixus Bulb. elisae Bulb. exiguum Bulb. lamingtonense Bulb. minutissimum Bulb. schillerianum Bulb. shepherdii Caladenia Cal. triplicata Cla. major Clchs. campestris Clchs. robertsonii Chlglt. sp. Crybs. aconitiflorus Crybs. barbarae Crybs. fimbriatus Crybs. undulatus Crptst. erecta Crptst. subulata Cymbidium Den. aemulum Den. falcorostrum Den. gracilicaule Den. kingianum Den. monophyllum Den. schneiderae Den. speciosum Den. tetragonum Dipo. punctatum Dipo. roseum Dipo. variegatum Diuris abbreviata Diuris alba Diuris sulphurea Dockrillia Epgm. roseum Erio. autumnalis Eo. cassythoides Gta. sesamoides Geno. acuminatum Geno. nudiscapum Geno. sp Geod. densiflorum Gloss. major Gloss. minor Lip. coelogynoides Lip. habenarina Lip. swenssonii Mrs. parviflora Obrnia. titania Pbm. beckleri Perths. hillii Plrhz. tridentata Ptst. acuminata Ptst. baptistii Ptst. curta Ptst. erecta Ptst. grandiflora Ptst. hamata Ptst. hildae Pter. hispidula Pter. longifolia Pter. mutica Ptst. nutans Pter. obtusa Ptst. ophioglossa Ptst. rufa Ptst. russellii Ptst. woollsii Rhin. divitiflora Sarc. ceciliae Sarc. dilatatus Sarc. falcatus Sarc. hillii Sarc. olivaceus Sarc. spathulatus Sprnth. sinensis Tae. aff. lobatum Tae. muelleri Thel. ixioides Thel. nuda Thel. pauciflora Thel. purpurata Acknowledgements

 

Cryptostylis erecta

This evergreen terrestrial orchid grows in open forest around Brisbane, often in large colonies.  The distinctive flower cannot be confused with any other orchid.  When not in flower, this orchid consists of one or sometimes more green leaves growing vertically from the ground to about 10cm by 2cm, like a gum leaf, but the back of the leaf is purplish.  The leaf is very distinctive once learned.

The flower has a concave labellum to about 30mm high will thin green petals and sepals.  The labellum features purplish veining giving a very distinctive appearance.  The flower stem grows to about 45cm with up to a dozen flowers.

Cryptostylis erecta
Cryptostylis erectaCryptostylis erecta


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