Australian Native Plants

  Cepobaculum semifuscum (Antelope Orchid)


Cepobaculum semifuscum photo
Cepobaculum semifuscum flower

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Cepobaculum semifuscum photo
Cepobaculum semifuscum

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Cepobaculum semifuscum photo
Cepobaculum semifuscum on Eucalyptus tessalaris

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ANTELOPE ORCHID FACTS

distribution map showing range of Cepobaculum semifuscum in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Antelope Orchid

Other Names
Fragrant Tea Tree Orchid

Description
The Antelope Orchid is an epiphytic Tea Tree orchid. It grows on paperbark trees (tea trees) and also grows on other rough barked trees. The flowers are yellow with darker brownish stripes, with long twisted petals from which it gets its common name. The flowers are produced in late winter and spring from July to November. Flowers are produced in clusters of up to twelve, and are pleasantly scented. The labellum has purple markings. The flowers grow on stems to 40cm.The leaves are narrow and grow to about 20cm long and 15mm wide. Several leaves are produced from each pseudobulb. The plant used to be known as Dendrobium semifuscum.

Height
30cm - 40cm

Habitat
grows as arboreal plant on trees in open forest and woodland in swampy areas.

Distribution
The Antelope Orchid is found on Cape York peninsula in north east Queensland and also in New Guinea.



Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Cepobaculum
Species:semifuscum
Common Name:Antelope Orchid