Australian Native Plants

  Leporella fimbriata (Fringed Hare Orchid)


Leporella fimbriata photo
Australian orchid, the Fringed Hare Orchid (Leporella fimbriata)

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FRINGED HARE ORCHID FACTS

distribution map showing range of Leporella fimbriata in Australia

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


Common Name
Fringed Hare Orchid

Description
The Fringed Hare Orchid is an unusual terrestrial orchid. The lateral petals are green with reddish markings and stick up like rabbit (or hare) ears, and the lateral sepals point downwards. The labellum is fairly broad and fan shaped, green at the centre and reddish at either side broad with toothed margin giving it a hairy appearance. Stems produce up to three flowers, with flowering in autumn and winter between March and August. The leaves are up to 4 cm long, oval shaped tapering towards tip, blue green in colour, with reddish purple veins along the length. This orchid species is often found growing in large colonies.

Height
10cm - 25cm

Habitat
open woodland, open forest, coastal areas in soils that is wet in winter

Distribution
Leporella fimbriata is found in south west of Victoria, southern South Australia and Western Australia from around Geraldton to Esperance

Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Leporella
Species:fimbriata
Common Name:Fringed Hare Orchid