Acianthus viridis Hook.f. 1859

Plant and Flowers in situ New Zealand

Plant and Flowers in situ New Zealand Photos by Nuytsia@Tas courtesy of Terrestrial Orchid Gallery

Part Shade Cold LATESpring EARLYSummer

Common Name The Green Acianthus

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Tasmania, New Zealand at elevations of 100 to 1000 meters in permanently wet forests in thick moss as a miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with erect, pale green to yellowish, thin-textured, crin=kled margined, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an erect, 2 to 6" [5 to 15 cm] long, fleshy, brittle, 1 to 4 flowered inflorescence carrying horizontal to nodding flowers

Synonyms Townsonia deflexa Cheeseman 1906; Townsonia viridis (Hook.f.) Schltr. 1911

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Townsonia viridis; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Townsonia deflexa; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Townsonia deflexa; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Townsonia viridis; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 4 1966 as Townsonia viridis; Die Orchideen #6 21-24 tafel 7 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 as Townsonia viridis photo ok; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 as Townsonia viridis photo/drawing fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Townsonia viridis photo good

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