Prasophyllum retroflexum D.L.Jones 2000Photos by By Jeff Jeanes - Own work, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0, and The VicFlora Website

Fragrant Part Shade Cold MID to LATESpring

Common Name or Meaning The Bent Back Prasophyllum - The Congested Leek Orchid

Flower Size .32 to .4" [.8 to 1 cm]

Found in Victoria and New South Wales Australia in subalpine herbfields t elevatiojs of 1200 to 1400 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial with a senescent leaf at flowering occuring in the mid to late spring on an erect, 4 to 10" [10 to 25 cm] long overall, rachis 2 to 3.2" [5 to 8 cm] long, densely narrow cylindric, 10 to 40 flowered inflorescence and carrying lemon scented flowers.

"Distinctive by virtue of its widely opening flowers in a dense inflorescence. Similar in appearance to Prasophyllum morganii and regarded by some as probably conspecific with it (P. morganii then being the correct name). Prasophyllum morganii, when maintained as distinct, has an even denser inflorescence than that of P. retroflexum, with more flowers and a papillate labellum callus. The VicFlora Website


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