Leptoceras menziesii

Common name: 

Hare Orchid

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Wannon, Grampians, Midlands, Otway Plain, Otway Range, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Plain, Wilsons Promontory, East Gippsland (DEJKNPSTVWXZ) also WA, SA, NSW, Tas

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

Moist ground under heath or forest, near-coastal1

Flower description:

White and pink2


Terrestrial orchid 6-30 cm tall1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

Leaves are large and ovate, bright green and flattened on the ground. The dorsal sepal is ovate and curved, the petals are sickle shaped and project forward1

Image of Leptoceras menziesii
Image of Leptoceras menziesii Image: Roger Farrow
Conservation status:

Not threatened


1 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria
2 Meagher, D. and Kohout, M. (2001). “A field guide to Wilsons Promontory”. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.