Cheirostylis ovata (F.M.Bailey) Schltr. 1911

Another Angle

Plant and Flower in situ

Photos by Mark Clemments, R Tunstall and B Gray and Australian Tropical Rainforest Orchids Website


Common Name The Ovate Cheirostylis [refers tothe leaves]

Flower Size .4" to .56" [1 to 1.4 cm]

Found in northeastern Queensland in rainforests and moist woodlands, frequently growing in accumulated leaf litter around rocks, but also in loose soil or on roots and boulders at elevations of 20 to 1000 meters as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with an erect, fleshy stem carrying 3 to 7, prostrate, in a loose rosette, whorled, ovate, dark green with a pale white strip along midrib, acute, often withered at blooming leaves that blooms in the later winter and early spring on an erect, terminal, fleshy, brittle, pubescent, 4 to 10" [10 to 25 cm] long, 1 to 6 flowered inflorescence

Plants are dormant and leafless during late spring and summer, often becoming covered in leaf litter

Synonyms *Gastrodia ovata F.M.Bailey 1901; Zeuxine attenuata R.S.Rogers & C.T.White 1920

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Australian Tropical Rainforest Orchids Website Native OPrchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide