Acianthus caudatus

Common name: 

Mayfly Orchid

Family: 
Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Wannon, Grampians, ?Riverina, Midlands, Otway Plain, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Plain, Gippsland Highlands, Wilsons Promontory, East Gippsland (DE?HJKNPSTWXZ) SA, QLD, NSW, Tas

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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Shady sites in dry to damp forest and woodland1
tea-tree heath2

Flower description:

Dark purple or greenish-purple1

Habit:

Small orchid to 250 mm2

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

There are up to 5 purple flowers on a stem. There is a single heart shaped dark green leaf which is purple on the underside2

Images:
Image of Acianthus caudatus
Image of Acianthus caudatus Image: Will Neal
Conservation status:

Not threatened

References:

1 Meagher, D. and Kohout, M. (2001). “A field guide to Wilsons Promontory”. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.
2 Ellis, M. (unpublished). “A Field Guide to South Gippsland Flora”.