!Microtis rara R.Br. 1810 Photo by John Varigos and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Fragrant Part Sun Cold Spring

Common Name The Rare Microtis - The Scented Onion Orchid

Flower Size .2 to .24" [5 to 6 mm]

Found in Queensland and New South Wales at elevations of 0 to 300 meters in coastal and near coastal ranges in scrub and forests as a medium to large sized, cold growing terrestrial with a thin, onion-like, hollow leaf that blooms in the spring and early summer on an erect, 8 to 20" [20 to 50 cm] long, 10 to 50 flowered inflorescence with densely packed, fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Microtis magnadenia R.S.Rogers 1930; Microtis unifolia var. rara (R.Br.) Rchb.f. 1871

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo good