Microtis alba R.Br. 1810

Plants and Flowers in situ Photos by Colin & Misha Rowan and their Retired Aussies Website

Fragrant Part Sun Cold Spring EARLY Summer

Common Name The White Microtis - The White Onion Orchid

Flower Size .2 to .32" [ 5 to 8 mm]

Found in Western Australia at elevations of sea level to 300 meters in coastal and near coastal open forest, heathlands and low lying wet areas as a medium to large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a thin, onion-like, hollow leaf that blooms in the spring through early summer on an erect, 8 to 32" [20 to 80 cm] long, 10 to 60 flowered inflorescence with densely packed, strongly musky scented flowers.

Synonyms Goadbyella gracilis R.S.Rogers 1927

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; 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 as Goadbyella gracilis; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 41 pg 2565 - 2625 Brieger 2001 photo fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016 photo fide;