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Tongue Orchid

Dockrillia linguiformis (Dendrobium linguiforme)


With quite a delicate and pretty flower, the Tongue Orchid is an Australian native. The thick and leathery leaves, however, actually look like tongues, and grow from a creeping rhizome, either as an epiphyte on trees or as a lithophyte on rocks. This spotting was found growing on rock alongside mosses and lichens, in a well shaded area beneath eucalypts. Flowering occurs in September and October. It is found in eastern QLD and NSW.


Found amongst massive rocky outcrops on a sandstone ridge facing the coast, along the Maitland Bay Track in Bouddi National Park. Strong winds, salty air, found mostly in well-shaded areas.


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Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

Gosford, NSW, Australia

Spotted on Oct 6, 2014
Submitted on Nov 22, 2014

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