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Calochilus herbaceus viride
Beard Orchid
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PLANT: Terrestrial tuberous herb.
15 to 60cm high when in flower. Stem blue-green.

LEAVES: Single. Fleshy, long and thick. Very similar to a Sun Orchid leaf. Blue-green in colour.

FLOWERS: The red is absent from the lateral petal stripes and from the labellum beard. White replaces the usual violet / purple labellum disc. The green of the chloroplast's still survives in tepals, leaves and scape.


HABITAT: Ridge-top tracks through poor white residual soil overshadowed by mature Kanuka (Kunzea ericoides). Only one colony has been reported at Te Paki in the Far North.

CONSERVATION STATUS: Threatened - Nationally Critical.

NOTES: Structurally the plant appears to be no different from normally coloured specimens, but its rarity is notable.
Photo: Eric Scanlen    
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