Microtis arenaria Lindl. 1840 Photo by Cathy Powers and her AUSTRALIAN TERRESTRIAL ORCHID OTHER FLORA & FAUNA BANJORAH Website

Flower Closeup

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

Common Name The Sand Loving Microtis - Notched Onion Orchid

Flower Size 1/8" [.3 cm]

Found in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and New Zealand at elevations of sea level to 500 meters in coastal habitats in sand or well drained clay loams as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with a single leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, to 20" [50 cm] tall, 10 to 60 flowered inflorescence with successively opening, crowded flowers.

Synonyms Microtis biloba Nicholls 1949; Microtis pulchella var. vivax Lindl. 1840

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 as M biloba drawing fide; Orchids Australia Vol 10 No 4 1998 photo; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo good; The Native Orchids of New Zealand, A Colour Field Guide Scanlen & St George 2010 photo fide;