Australian Native Plants

  Dockrillia teretifolia (Thin Pencil Orchid)


Dockrillia teretifolia photo
Dockrillia teretifolia (Pencil Orchid)

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THIN PENCIL ORCHID FACTS

distribution map showing range of Dockrillia teretifolia in Australia

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


Common Name
Thin Pencil Orchid

Other Names
Rat's Tail Orchid, Bridal Veil Orchid, Dendrobium teretifolium

Description
The Thin Pencil Orchid is an epiphytic orchid from coastal Queensland and New South Wales. It produces profuse flushes of flowers in white or cream or yellow, with purple stripes near the base. The common name of Bridal Veil Orchid arises from the appearance of the white flowering forms. The flowers have long narrow petals and sepals giving the flower a spidery appearance. The labellum is white or light yellow with purple markings. Flowering is in late winter and spring from July to November depending on range. The leaves are circular in cross section and grow to about 60 cm long and 8 mm in diameter. The stems are a distinctive zigzag shape.

Height
60cm

Habitat
in New South Wales it is most commonly found in Swamp Oak (Casuarina glauca) trees, in other areas it also found on rocks and in rainforest trees

Distribution
Dockrillia teretifolia is found in eastern Queensland and eastern New South Wales

Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Dockrillia
Species:teretifolia
Common Name:Thin Pencil Orchid


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