Spiranthes australis

Common name: 

Austral Ladies' Tresses

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Wannon, Grampians, Midlands, Victorian Volcanic Plain, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Plain, Snowfields, East Gippsland (CDEJNPRSTVWXZ) also SA, Qld, NSW, Tas

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

Damp depressions, swamps or seasonally inundated streambanks1

Flower description:

Deep to light pink with a white labellum1


Terrestrial herb with elongated underground tubers and flower stems to 70 cm tall1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

There are usually 3 linear leaves 3-18 cm long. The labellum is below the column in mature flowers, perianth segments are less than 5 mm long and flowers are pink or white1

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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