Australian Native Plants

  Leptoceras menziesii (Hare Orchid)


Leptoceras menziesii photo
Leptoceras (Caladenia) menziesii, Cannery walk, American River

Photograph by Jim (Ratabago). Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




HARE ORCHID FACTS

distribution map showing range of Leptoceras menziesii in Australia

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


Common Name
Hare Orchid

Other Names
Rabbit Orchid, Caladenia menziesii

Description
The Hare Orchid is an attractive small orchid with unusual petals like rabbit ears and is the only member of the Leptoceras genus. The small flowers are white with long narrow red lateral petals that project upwards. The lateral sepals are white, the dorsal sepal and labellum (the central part of the flower) is white with red markings. Flowering is in spring from September to November, especially after fire. The plant grows in large colonies. It develops a single leaf that is about 2 cm wide tapering to a point.

Height
5cm - 30cm

Habitat
found in areas of temporary wet, along creeks and bodies of water, damp slopes

Distribution
Leptoceras menziesii is found in south west of Western Australia, Victoria, and south east of South Australia and also Tasmania

Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Leptoceras
Species:menziesii
Common Name:Hare Orchid