!Pyrorchis nigricans (R.Br.) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clements. 1995

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Tony Watkinson and the Orchid Society of Western Australia

Plant and Flowers in situ Victoria Australia Photos courtesy of Colin Rowan and his Orchid Website


Common Name The Dark Pyrorchis - Red Beaks - Elephants Ears, due to the large, ground clinging leaf - Undertaker Orchid - Red Fire Orchid

Flower Size 1 3/5" [4 cm]

Found in New South Wales, Southern Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania at eleavtions up to 150 meters where it favours heathlands, open mallee scrublands, heathy woodlands and open forests, generally on well drained sandy or sandy loams as a small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with an ovoid, tuber giving rise to an erect stem carrying a single, cordate, erose margin leaf with a few tubular sheaths above that blooms in the late winter and spring on an erect, 2" [5 cm] long, few flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Caladenia nigricans (R.Br.) Rchb.f. 1871; Leptoceras pectinata Endl. 1846; *Lyperanthus nigricans. R.Br. 1810; Lyperanthus nigricans f. pumila Domin 1912; Lyperanthus nigricans f. typica Domin 1912

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Lyperanthus nigricans; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Lyperanthus nigricans drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 4 1966 as Lyperanthus nigricans; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 6 321 - 384 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975; as Lyperanthus nigricans photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 12 1996 photo; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 photo/drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 41 pg 2565 - 2625 Brieger 2001 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 67 No 1 2002 photo; Orchids of Australia Riley & Banks 2002; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;