!Spiculaea ciliata Lindl. 1839 Photo by Ron Heberle and the Thelymitra Page of The Species Orchid Society of Western Australia


Common Name The Eyelash Spiculaea [refers to the hairy lip]- In Australia The Western Elbow Orchid

Flower Size 3/4" to .8" [1.7 to 2 cm]

Found in Western Australia at elevations of 50 to 400 meters on granite outcrops and granite sheets in soil pockets as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with 2, dark green above, reddish purple below, narrowly elliptic to narrowly cordate, obtuse leaves that blooms in the later spring and summer on an erect, rigid, fleshy, brown, thickening and swelling towards the apex, 3.2 to 7.2" [8 to 18 cm] long, 2 to 6 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Drakaea ciliata (Lindl.) Rchb. f. 1871

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 4 1966; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 drawing fide; Die Orchideen #6 21-24 tafel 7 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo/drawing hmm; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 photo/drawing fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016 photo fide;