!Prasophyllum australe Lindl. 1840

Plant in situ

Photos by Colin Rowan and his Retired Aussie's Website


Common Name The Southern Leek - In Australia The Austral Leek Orchid

Flower Size .6" to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm]

Found in Queensland, New South Wales, ACT, Victoria, Tasmania and South Austrlaia as a small to just medium sized, cold growing terrestrial that blooms in the spring and early summer in Australia on a 4 to 7.2" [10 to 18 cm] long, 10 to 60 flowered inflorescence with successively opening, crowded, strongly scented flowers.

Synonyms Prasophyllum gracile Lindl. 1840; Prasophyllum lutescens Lindl. 1840; Prasophyllum macrostachyum R.Br., Prodr. Fl. Nov. Holl.: 318 (1810

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 P lutescens drawing ok; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 drawing fide; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 as P macrostachyum drawing ok; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide