Perennial single stemmed orchid. Stem is fleshy and varies from dark green to dark reddish brown
Height 40 to 80 cm
This plant does not produce leaves (saprophyte)
Single flowers occur along the upper stem irregularly. Up to 40 blooms per stem may occur. Pale pink often with darker splotches.
December to February
Small capsule contaning dust like seed.
From seed and tuber - refer special note
Naturally occurring plants in dry and moist open woodland in shaded areas.
Common, not threatened
This plant relies on mycorrhizal fungi growing in association with eucalyptus tree roots to provide it with all the nutrients it needs. The plant reverts to dormancy as an underground tuber in late summer, when its life-cycle is complete. Seed capsules are sometimes produced and can be seen for several more months. Due to this requirement it is difficult (if at all possible) to cultivate.
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