Danhatchia australis (Hatch) Garay & Christenson 1995 Photo by Eric Scanlen and New Zealand Native Orchid Website


Common Name The Southern Danhatchia - In New Zealand The Waipoua Orchid

Flower Size .04" [6 mm]

Found in New Zealand in forests nearly always beneath Taraire or Nikau trees as a mycoheterotrophic, miniature sized, cool growing,leafless terrestrial with pinkish to dark brown stems carrying to 7 mushroom coloured scale leaves along the stem, those lower on the stem half-tubular, those higher up open sheathed that blooms in the late spring and summer on an erect, to 6" [15 cm] long, pubescent, 1 to 5 flowered inflorescence carrying glandular pubescent flowers and can survive for years beneath the soil until favorable growing conditions arise.

Synonyms *Yoania australis Hatch 1963

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 25 1520 - 1584 Brieger 1991 as Y australis; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 40 pg 2492 - 2564 Brieger 2000 drawing good; The Native Orchids of New Zealand, A Colour Field Guide Scanlen & St George 2010 photo fide;