!Cryptostylis erecta R.Br. 1810 Photo courtesy of Greg Steenbeeke and his Australian Orchid Website

Part shadeCoolTo Warm Cold LATEWinter EARLYFall

Common Name The Erect Cryptostylis - In Australia The Bonnet Orchid

Flower Size 1 to 2" [2.5 to 5 cm]

Found in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria Australia at elevations of sea level to 600 meters in rainforests, wet and drier forests and heathlands among grasses, sedges and low shrubs as a medium to large sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with an erect stem with basal, narrowly lanceolate to ovate, leathery, dark green above, purple below, narrowing below into the elongate petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late winter through early fall on an erect, 12 to 32" [30 to 80 cm] long, 2 to 12 flowered inflorescence


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 drawing fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide