!Leptoceras menziesii ( R.Br. ) Lindl. 1840

Plant Photo courtesy of Cathy Powers and her AUSTRALIAN TERRESTRIAL ORCHIDS OTHER FLORA & FAUNA BANJORAH Website

Flower Closeup Photos courtesy of Colin Rowan and his Orchid Website


Common Name Menzies' Leptoceras [English Physician 1800's] - The Hare or Rabbit Orchid

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia where it grows in closed coastal scrublands, heathlands, woodlands, heathy woodlands and open forests on well drained soils at elevations of sea level to 400 meters as a miniature to small sized terrestrial orchid with a short stem carrying a single, bright green, prostrate, elliptic, obtuse leaf with a small bract at the base that blooms in the late winter and spring on and erect, wiry, pilose, 10" [25 cm] tall, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence and blooms best after a fire.

Synonyms Caladenia macrophylla R.Br. 1810; *Caladenia menziesii R.Br. 1810; Caladenia menziesii var. alba Guilf. 1911; Leptoceras macrophylla (R.Br.) Lindl. 1840; Leptoceras oblonga Lindl. 1840

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 photo/drawing fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 as Caladenia stricta photo fide;