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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

 

Papillilabium beckleri

Papillilabium beckleri This rare twig epiphyte grows in rainforests around Brisbane, particularly near creeks.  It is probably much more common than sightings would indicate as its tiny size and habit of growing on twigs at the top of trees makes this orchid very difficult to locate and easily overlooked.  As with most twig epiphytes, the extensive roots are seen long before the tiny leaves are located.

This orchid has 2 to 6 leaves which are up to 50mm long by 4mm.  The racemes are about 40mm long with up to 8 flowers of about 7mm tall.  The middle photo shows a ruler marked in millimetres to show the size. The flowers are beautifully marked but require a strong magnifying glass to appreciate their beauty. 

There is only one other similar orchid, Schistotylus purpuratus, but Papillilabium beckleri can easily be identified by the papillae (thickened lumpy area) covering most of the labellum.

Papillilabium beckleri
Papillilabium beckleri
 

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