Microtis atrata Lindl. 1840

Plants and Flowers in situ Photos courtesy of Colin Rowan and his Retired Aussies Website

Fragrant Part Sun CoolColdSpring

Common Name The Flat Black Microtis - The Yellow Migonette Orchid - The Tiny Migonette Orchid

Flower Size .1" [.2 cm]

Found in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia at elevations of sea level to 300 meters in low lying areas and swamps often in shallow water as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a filiform, often yellow green, solid leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, 2 to 5" [5 to 12.5 cm] long, 2 to 40 flowered inflorescence with densely packed, slightly fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Microtidium atratum (Lindl.) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. 2002; Microtis atrata var. viridula Rchb.f. 1871; Microtis minutiflora F.Muell. 1859

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 drawing fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Microtidium atratum photo good

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