Australian Native Plants

  Ceratobium dalbertisii (Green Antelope Orchid)


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Green Antelope Orchid

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PLANT FACTS

distribution map showing range of Ceratobium dalbertisii in Australia

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Common Name
Green Antelope Orchid

Other Names
Dendrobium antennatum

Description
The Green Antelope Orchid is an epiphytic orchid. The flowers are produced in clusters of up to fifteen and are about 50mm across. The long petals are greenish towards the tips and have a slight twist and are held erect and give it the common name of antelope orchid. The sepals are triangular and white and shorter than the petals. The labellum is white with purple stripes along the length. The leaves are oval and about 10cm long and 3cm wide. The plant grows from a rhizome and leaves grow from greenish pseudobulbs which grow to about 50cm long.

Height
30cm - 60cm

Habitat
grows in rainforest on branches of rainforest trees where there is adequate light, for example along creek banks.

Distribution
The Green Antelope Orchid is found in north east Queensland and is also found in New Guinea and Indonesia.

Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Ceratobium
Species:dalbertisii
Common Name:Green Antelope Orchid