Prasophyllum alpestre D.L.Jones 1998 Photos courtesy of Colin Rowan and his Orchid Website

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

Common Name The Alpine Prosophyllum - Highland Leek Orchid - The Mauve Leek Orchid

Flower Size 2/5" [1 cm]

Found in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, Australia at elevations of 1100 to 2000 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial occuring in sub-alpine and alpine herbfields in well drained moist soils at elevations of 1200 to 2000 meters with a globose tuber giving rise to an erect, stem carrying a single, narrowly linear, acute, basally clasping leaf that flowers on an erect, to 14" [to 45 cm] long, several to many [8 to 15] flowered racmose inflorescence with unscented flowers occuring in the summer.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Australia Riley & Banks 2002; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo good