Erythrorchis cassythoides (A.M. Cunn.) Garay 1986


Photos by Gordon Deans

Another Flower

Photo by Toowoomba Field Natururalists Website


Common Name The Cassytha-Like Erythrorchis - In Australia - The Black Bootlace Orchid

Flower Size about 1/2" [about 1.25 cm]

Found in Queensland and New South Wales Australia at elevations of 50 to 500 meters in open forests on stumps, logs and other wood at a suitable state of decay often in full sun locations as a large [240" - 600 cm] sized, hot to warm growing, vine like, Mycoheterotrophic orchid with an elongate, dark brown to blackish, wiry stem that blooms in the winter and spring on an axillary, pendant or lateral, large, paniculate, each branch 3.2 to 6" [8 to 15 cm] long, several to many [up to 1000] flowered inflorescence with pleasingly fragrant flowers.

Synonyms *Dendrobium cassythoides A. Cunn. 1836; Erythrorchis aphylla (F.Muell.) F.Muell. 1861; Galeola cassythoides [A. Cunn.]Rchb.f 1865; Ledgeria aphylla FvM. 1859

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1862 as Galeola cassythoides; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Galeola cassythoides drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 4 1966 as Galeola cassythoides; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 as Galeola cassythoides drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol 15 #2-3 1982 as Galeola cassythoides photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 41 pg 2565 - 2625 Brieger 2001 drawing good; Australian Orchid Review Vol 70 No 5 2005; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 5 2006 photo; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 11 2008 photo fide