Microtis unifolia
 

 

Microtis unifolia
Common Onion Orchid
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PLANT: Terrestrial tuberous herb.
Often robust, the stem up to 10mm thick at the base. Flower stem 10 to 40cm (sometimes to a metre) high when in flower.

LEAVES: Single tubular leaf. The flower stem emerging from within the leaf about one third to half way up the leaf.

FLOWERS: 5 - 40 flowers per raceme. Numerous and closely spaced. Each 3-5mm in length. Green to yellow-green in colour. Dorsal sepal hooded with a pointed tip. Lateral sepals curled backwards. Labellum irregular oblong with a very coarse edge, narrowest at its mid-length. Stigma not wider than the column.

FLOWERING TIME: September - December.

HABITAT: Coastal to montane. Grasslands, scrub, forest margins, uncultivated pastures, lawns, urban areas.

CONSERVATION STATUS: Not Threatened.

NOTES: New Zealand's most common orchid species.
     
     
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