Cryptostylis subulata

Large tongue orchid, duckbill orchid, cow orchid

This evergreen terrestrial orchid grows in open forest around Brisbane, often in swampy areas. When not in flower, this orchid consists of one or more green leaves growing vertically from the ground to about 20 cm by 3 cm. The leaf is very distinctive once learned.

The flower stem grows to about 60 cm with up to a dozen flowers, each facing the green stem. The labellum is green and red purple about 30 mm long with thin green sepals and petals. The two dark purple ridges ending with a large purple callus give this flower a distinctive appearance.

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