Acianthus collinus D.L. Jones 1991 Photo by Colin & Mischa Rowan and their Retired Aussies Website

Part ShadeColdWinter

Common Name or Meaning The Montane Acianthus

Flower Size 2" [5cm]

From New South Wales and a small colony in Victoria, Australia, at elevations of 200 to 800 meters as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with a round underground tuber giving rise to an erect, reddish stem carrying a single cordate, round, acute, basally clasping leaf held close to the ground and blooms in the winter on a scapose, 36" [45 cm] long, several successively flowered inflorescence that has bracts and spiraling flowers. Additional tubers can occur at the apex of the stolonoid roots.

CAUTION Many references cite this species as a synonym of A fornicatus and most likely it is. I have left them separate for now, pending better references.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Australia Riley & Banks 2002; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo good