Bonnet Orchid, Tartan Tongue Orchid [Cryptostylis erecta]
silhouette Photo Lyn Harwood
Flowering time: late December to January
Habitat: Very rare and confined to near coastal grasstree plains east of Marlo and at Wingan River and Mallacoota.
Notes: A Highly endangered orchid in Victoria and only known in a handful of locations; known populations decline and become difficult to find as habitat becomes overgrown. Flowering usually doesn't occur until the second year after habitat has experienced fire.
Status: ENDANGERED in Victoria
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