Australian Native Plants

  Eriochilus dilatatus (Crinkle-leaf Bunny Orchid)


Eriochilus dilatatus photo
Crinkle-leaf Bunny Orchid, Eriochilus dilatatus subsp. undulatus. Talbot Road Reserve, Swan View, Western Australia

Photograph by John Tann. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




PLANT FACTS

distribution map showing range of Eriochilus dilatatus in Australia

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


Common Name
Crinkle-leaf Bunny Orchid

Other Names
White Bunny Orchid

Description
The Crinkle-leaf Bunny Orchid is a common name for Eriochilus dilatatus subsp. undulatus. The small flowers are mainly white with large lateral sepals and are produced on a slender green stem, with up to three flowers per stem. The labellum is greenish with reddish markings. Flowering is in autumn from April to June. It gets its name from the undulated or wavy edge to the leaf. The leaf is oval with a tapering tip, and grows on the lower part of the stem. There are a number of subspecies which have variations in leaf size and shape.

Height
10cm - 25cm

Habitat
mallee heathland, shrubland

Distribution
Eriochilus dilatatus subsp. undulatus is found in Western Australia from around Geraldton to Esperance and east to the coast..

Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Eriochilus
Species:dilatatus
Common Name:Crinkle-leaf Bunny Orchid


Relatives in same Genus
  Eriochilus cucullatus