Australian Native Plants

  Glossodia minor (Small Waxlip Orchid)


Glossodia minor photo
Small Waxlip Orchid, Glossodia minor. Royal National Park, NSW Australia

Photograph by John Tann from Sydney, Australia. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Glossodia minor photo
Small Waxlip Orchid, Glossodia minor. Royal National Park, NSW Australia

Photograph by John Tann from Sydney, Australia. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




SMALL WAXLIP ORCHID FACTS

distribution map showing range of Glossodia minor in Australia

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


Common Name
Small Waxlip Orchid

Description
The Small Waxlip Orchid is a terrestrial orchid with star shaped purple or violet or pink flowers. In rare cases, white flowers are produced. It is similar to Glossodia major, but smaller and does not have white centre. The sepals and petals that taper at the tips. One or two flowers are produced on a stem about 15 cm tall, with the flower growing to about 3 cm across. Flowering is in late winter and early spring from about July to September. It produces a single lance shaped leaf with hairs, that grows from the base of the plant to about 4 cm long.

Height
5cm - 15cm

Habitat
grows in coastal areas in heathland

Distribution
Glossodia minor is found in south east Queensland, eastern New South Wales and eastern Victoria. It is listed as rare in Victoria



Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Glossodia
Species:minor
Common Name:Small Waxlip Orchid


Relatives in same Genus
  Glossodia major