Large Tongue Orchid *

Cryptostylis subulata

Summary 5

Cryptostylis subulata, known as the large tongue orchid grows in south eastern Australia. It was given its current name by H.G. Reichenbach in 1871, originally described by Labillardiere as Malaxis subulata in 1806 from Tasmania. The specific epithet subulata refers to the duck like shape of the flower's labellum. Sometimes this plant is known as the duck orchid, but this may cause confusion with the flying duck orchid.

Habitat 6

Lowland. Amongst sedges, Manuka and ferns in seasonally wet and low-lying areas of peat bogs

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  1. (c) Bill Higham, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND),
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  3. (c) Reiner Richter, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Reiner Richter
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  5. Adapted by tangatawhenua from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA),
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Flowering December, January, November, October