Arthrochilus irritabilis F.Muell. 1858 Photo by Gary Yon Gee and his Orchid Photo Gallery

Drawing Drawing by Reichenbach

Part shade WarmLATERSpring Summer

Common Name The Irritable Arthrochilus - The Clubbed Elbow Orchid

Flower Size .4 to .56" [1 to 1.4 cm]

Found in Queensland Australia in forest, woodlands and heathlands at elevations of sealevel to 350 meters as a miniature to just medium sized, warm growing terrestrial with an ovoid tuber giving rise to 2 different growths, one a rosette of 3 to 5, bluish green, elliptic, acute leaves and another with just a wiry, leafless stem with one sheathing bract giving rise in the later spring through summer to an erect, 4.8 to 14" [12 to 35 cm] long, 5 to 30 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Drakaea irritabilis (F.Muell.) Rchb.f. 1871; Spiculaea irritabilis (F.Muell.) Schltr. 1921

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1874 Drawing as Drakaea irritabilis ; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 7 1958 as Drakaea irritabilis drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 9 1958 as Drakaea irritabilis drawing fide; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 as Spiculaea iritibilis drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 41 pg 2565 - 2625 Brieger 2001; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide