Microtis media R.Br. 1810 Photo by Colin & Misha Rowan and their Retired Aussies Orchid Photo Website

Part Sun CoolCold Spring

Common Name The Medium Large Microtis - The Western Onion Orchid

Flower Size .12 to .14" [3 to 3.5 mm]

Found in southwest Western Australia at elevations of 10 to 400 meters in coastal and inland area streams, ephemeral watercourses, swamps and granite outcrops as a medium to large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a thin, onion-like, hollow leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, 8 to 22.4" [20 to 56 cm] long, 10 to 100 flowered inflorescence with densely packed flowers.

Synonyms Microtis eremicola (R.J.Bates) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. 2004; Microtis media subsp. eremicola R.J.Bates 1996; Microtis media subsp. quadrata R.J.Bates 1990; Microtis quadrata (R.J.Bates) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. 2004; Microtis viridis F.Muell. ex Benth. 1873

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing hmm; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 photo good; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo good