Cryptostylis leptochila F. Mueller ex Benth. 1873 Photo courtesy of Cathy Powers and her AUSTRALIAN TERRESTRIAL ORCHIDS OTHER FLORA & FAUNA BANJORAH Website

Lip Detail

Plant and Flower Photos courtesy of Colin Rowan and his Orchid Website


Common Name The Delicate Lipped Cryptostylis - In Australia The Small Tongue Orchid

Flower Size 1 3/5" [4 cm]

A medium sized, cool growing, terrestrial orchid without pseudobulbs from the eastern half of Victoria, Australia in the coastal to mountain areas in heathy forests, open forests, woodland and taller closed forests in well drained soils and has ovate, acute, narrowing into the petiolate base leaves that are pale green on top and deep red, purple or brown beneath, blooming in the spring and fall on an erect, slender, to 15" [37.5 cm] long, many [9 to 12] flowered raceme with successive opening, inverted flowers.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen #2 5-8 tafel 3 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 drawing fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide