Orthoceras strictum
 

 

Orthoceras strictum
Horned Orchid, Paratawhiti, Ikaika
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PLANT: Terrestrial tuberous herb.
To 70cm. Erect. Robust.

LEAVES: Several narrow, pointed, channelled leaves rise vertically from the base of the flower stem.

FLOWERS: 2 - 12 well separated flowers per stem. Each 1 - 1.5cm in length. Green, dull red, or dark brown in colour. Tip of labellum usually pointed. Floral bract behind the ovary much higher than the flower. Height of the floral bracts may decrease from the lowermost flower upwards.

FLOWERING TIME: December - March.

HABITAT: Coastal to montane. Open scrub and clay banks.

CONSERVATION STATUS: Not threatened.

NOTES: The long floral bracts above the flower, and a more pointed labellum distinguish this Australian species from Orthoceras novae-zeelandiae. Actual distribution is unclear.
     
     
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