Australian Native Plants

  Dockrillia bowmanii (Straggly Pencil Orchid)


Dockrillia bowmanii photo
Dockrillia bowmani ( Straggly Pencil Orchid) flowers, Mt. Etna Caves National Park, Central Queensland

Photograph by Mark Marathon. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Dockrillia bowmanii photo
Dockrillia bowmani, Mt. Etna Caves National Park, Central Queensland

Photograph by Mark Marathon. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




PLANT FACTS

distribution map showing range of Dockrillia bowmanii in Australia

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


Common Name
Straggly Pencil Orchid

Other Names
Dendrobium bowmanii

Description
The Straggly Pencil Orchid is a relatively small epiphytic orchid (sometimes found growing on rocks as a lithophyte). It produces flower clusters about 10 cm long. The star shaped flowers are greenish or yellowish may have some reddish striping, and the labellum is white. Individual flowers grow to about 25mm across. Flowering is intermittent with main flushes in spring and autumn. The stems grow up to 60 cm long and just under 0.5cm in diameter. The leaves are fleshy and have a circular cross-section, growing to about 15 cm long and about 4 mm diameter.

Height
60cm

Habitat
grows on trees and rock in rainforest, coastal scrub

Distribution
Dockrillia bowmanii is found in eastern Queensland and north east New South Wales



Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Dockrillia
Species:bowmanii
Common Name:Straggly Pencil Orchid


Relatives in same Genus
  Dockrillia cucumerina
  Dockrillia linguiformis
  Dockrillia schoenina
  Dockrillia striolata
  Dockrillia teretifolia
  Dockrillia wassellii