Genoplesium acuminatum

Pointed midge orchid

This deciduous terrestrial grows in the open eucalypt forests around Brisbane. As it is so small, it is easily overlooked.

The flower stem grows to 35 cm with 6 to 16 crowded flowers. The flowers are only about 5 mm across and are reddish brown with purple lines and numerous course hairs. The labellum apex extends to a long thin point which recurves forming a loop.

This Genoplesium can be distinguished from all others by its abundant hairs and long labellum apex which recurves to form a loop.

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