Microtis oblonga R.S.Rogers 1923

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Colin Rowan and his Retired Aussies Website


Common Name The Oblong Microtis [refers to the labellum] - in Australia The Sweet Onion Orchid

Flower Size .2 to .24" [5 to 6 mm]

Found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia at elevations of 100 to 1500 meters among grass and shrubs in open forests in wet areas as a large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a single leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on an erect, 8" to 24" [20 to 60 cm] long, 5 to 50 flowered inflorescence with successively opening, fragrant flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide