Australian Native Plants

  Cryptostylis erecta (Bonnet Orchid)


Cryptostylis erecta photo
Bonnet Orchid - Cryptostylis erecta

Photograph by David Lochlin. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




BONNET ORCHID FACTS

distribution map showing range of Cryptostylis erecta in Australia

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


Common Name
Bonnet Orchid

Other Names
Hooded Orchid, Tartan Tongue Orchid

Description
The Bonnet Orchid is a terrestrial orchid with prominent hood or bonnet. The labellum forms the hood and is pale with reddish maroon lines along the veins becoming more solid towards stem end. The other petals and sepals are green and very thin. The plant produces several flowers (up to twelve) in summer from November to March. The plant has a few (one to three) green leaves with purple on the underside. Leaves are lance shaped and grow to about 10 cm to 15 cm long and to 3 cm wide.

Height
15cm - 40cm

Habitat
grows on sandy soil on heathland and woodland in shady areas where it grows in colonies

Distribution
Cryptostylis erecta is found in eastern New South Wales, Victoria and south east Queensland

Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Cryptostylis
Species:erecta
Common Name:Bonnet Orchid


Relatives in same Genus
  Cryptostylis hunteriana
  Cryptostylis leptochila
  Cryptostylis subulata