Glossodia major R.Br. 1810 Photo by Cathy Powers and her AUSTRALIAN TERRESTRIAL ORCHIDS OTHER FLORA & FAUNA BANJORAH Website


Common Name The Major Glossodia - Waxlip Orchid - Parson in the Pulpit

Flower Size 1.2 to 1.8" [ 3 to 4.5 cm]

Found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia occuring in open forest, heathy woodlands and often abundant in clayey soils at elevations of 5 to 800 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a prostate, dark green, elliptic, acute leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, 4 to 12" [10 to 30 cm] long, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence carrying lightly scented flowers.

Synonyms Caladenia major ( R.Br. ) Rchb.f. 1871; Glossodia major var. alba McKibbin 1883

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 6 321 - 384 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975; photo/drawing ok; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 photo/drawing fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;