Genoplesium pumilum
 

 

Genoplesium pumilum
Leek Orchid
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PLANT: Terrestrial tuberous herb.
10 to 40cm high. Stem 1-2 mm in diameter, tubular. Sheaths of old scale leaves persist at the base of the stem, enclosing the current tuber and remains of previous tubers.

LEAVES: Single. Rush-like. Wraps around the stem. Tip usually amongst the flowers.

FLOWERS: Raceme of 3 to 30 flowers. Each 3-5mm in length, hanging downward. Labellum uppermost, so that the flower appears upside-down. Greenish-cream to yellow, with varying amounts of red. Labellum edge is minutely serrated, but there are no cilia as in Genoplesium nudum. Lateral sepals longer than the petals, shortly fused together at the base. Flowers long-lasting.

FLOWERING TIME: March - May.

HABITAT: Poor clay soils in open sun, gumland scrub.

CONSERVATION STATUS: At Risk - Naturally Uncommon.

NOTES: Previously classed as Prasophyllum and Corunastylis.
     
     
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