Australian Native Plants

  Dockrillia linguiformis (Dendrobium linguiforme)

Dockrillia linguiformis photo
Dockrillia linguiforme

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Dockrillia linguiformis photo
Dendrobium linguiforme var. nugentae, Prefectural Flower Garden,Osaka,Japan

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Dockrillia linguiformis photo
Tongue Orchid - West Head, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Australia

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


distribution map showing range of Dockrillia linguiformis in Australia

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

Common Name
Dendrobium linguiforme

Other Names
Dendrobium linguiforme

The Tongue Orchid is an orchid from eastern Queensland and New South Wales. It grows as an epiphyte or lithophyte. The flowers are star shaped and white or cream, and have fairly long narrow sepals and petals giving it a spidery appearance. Flowering is in spring from September to October with each flower cluster producing up to twenty flowers. The leaves are oval and thick and fleshy textured with parallel furrows or grooves running along the length of the upper surface. the leaves grow to about 4 cm long. The plant grows from a creeping rhizome.

grows on trees or rocks in woodland, eucalypt forest or rainforest

Dockrillia linguiformis is found in eastern Queensland and Eastern New South Wales

Growth Characteristics
Height: prostrate

Common Name:Dendrobium linguiforme

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