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Family Orchidaceae

Cryptostylis erecta
Bonnet orchid

An inconspicuous orchid that is quite common in bushland. The flower stalk is up to 40cm long, and arises from a rozette of three dark green, broad leathery leaves. Flowers are green and brown, with the labellum forming a hood and the other flower segments greatly reduced.

Habitat: sandstone soils, in open forest, slightly moist positions, under trees. Often grows in dense stands.

Flowering: Summer

Distribution: Coast and tablelands, also SE Qld and eastern Victoria

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