Dockrillia linguiforme

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Tongue Orchid
Tongue Orchid West Head Track.jpg
Dockrillia linguiforme growing on Hawkesbury Sandstone, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Australia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Podochileae
Subtribe: Dendrobiinae
Genus: Dockrillia
Sw. Brieger
Species: D. linguiforme
Synonyms

Dockrillia linguiforme, the Button Orchid , Tongue Orchid or Tick Orchid is a common small orchid, growing north from Ulladulla in south eastern New South Wales, Australia. It was originally described as Dendrobium linguiforme by Swedish botanist Olof Swartz in 1800,[1] and commonly known by this name for many years until given its current name in 1981 by Brieger.[2] The species name is derived from the Latin words linguis "tongue" and forma "shape".

The habitat is eucalyptus forest or rainforest. However it can survive in drier fire free areas west of the Great Dividing Range such as near Tamworth in northern New South Wales.

The thick and leathery leaves grow from a creeping rhizome, either as an epiphyte on trees or as a lithophyte on rocks. Flowering occurs in September and October.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dendrobium linguiforme". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. 
  2. ^ "Dockrillia linguiformis". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. 
  • Dendrobium linguiforme Sw., Kongl. Vetensk. Acad. Nya Handl. 21: 247 (1800).

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