Australian Native Plants

  Acianthus fornicatus (Pixie Caps)


Acianthus fornicatus photo
orchid flowering at Chatswood West, Australia. Probably Acianthus fornicatus

Photograph by Poyt448 Peter Woodard. License: Public Domain.    (view image details)

Acianthus fornicatus photo
Orchid underleaf, Chatswood. probably Acianthus_fornicatus

Photograph by Poyt448 Peter Woodard. License: Public Domain.    (view image details)




PIXIE CAPS FACTS

distribution map showing range of Acianthus fornicatus in Australia

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


Common Name
Pixie Caps

Description
Acianthus fornicatus is a terrestrial orchid. The flower is greenish with red stripes along the length of the petals. The top of the flower forms a semi transparent hood giving it its common name of Pixie Caps. The flowers are about1 cm long and produced late autumn and winter (May to August). The heart shaped leaves grow from the base of the plant and are green above with a purple tinge below, growing to about 4 cm long. The fruit is a green capsule

Height
10cm - 20cm

Habitat
found in moist eucalypt forest and drier scrubland

Distribution
coastal New South Wales and south east Queensland, less common in northern parts of east coast Queensland.



Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Acianthus
Species:fornicatus
Common Name:Pixie Caps