Botanical name

Disperis paludosa

Family

Orchidaceae
Disperis paludosa
Disperis paludosa
Disperis paludosa
Disperis paludosa
Disperis paludosa
Disperis paludosa

Description

Plants slender, glabrous (smooth, without hairs) and 26-45cm tall. Leaves 3-5, arising from the stem. Inflorescence normally 2-4 flowered, flowers magenta and green, spotted purple within. Lateral sepals long and tapering, at first spreading then sharply deflexed, with a curved pouch-shaped spur at each base. Dorsal sepal hooded and pointed. Secretes oil to attract oil-collecting bee for pollination.

Habitat

Permanently damp sandstone and marshy ground

Flower Date

October to January, after fire