!Peristeranthus hillii [F. Muell.] P.F. Hunt 1954 Photo by Steve Pearson and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Plant and Inflorescence Photo by Greg and Kerri Steenbeeke

Common Name Hill's Peristeranthus [19th Century Australian Botanical Director] - In Australia The Beetle Orchid

Flower Size about 1/4" [.5 cm]

This is a monotypic, epiphytic, miniature to small sized, hot to warm growing, monopodial species endemic to New South Wales and Queensland, Australia at elevations of sea-level to 1100 meters with a semi-pendulous, upward turning stem carrying 3 to 10, apically drooping, often twisted, light green, veined leaves that blooms on a pendant, basal or axillary, 4 to 10" [10 to 25 cm] long inflorescence with many downward facing, fragrant flowers occuring in the spring.

Synonyms Ornithochilus hillii Bth. 1881; *Saccolabium hillii Fv.M. 1889

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 23 1393 - 1456 Brieger 1990 drawing/photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 68 No 2 2003 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 5 2006 photo; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide;