|yellow pauper orchid|
|Illustration by Lewis Roberts|
Aphyllorchis queenslandica is a terrestrial orchid up to about 90 centimetres (35 in) tall. It is endemic to Far North Queensland, Australia. It ranges from close to sea level up to about 400 metres (1,300 ft). The plants lack chlorophyll and live as saprophytes. Bracts or 'leaves' have three longitudinal and parallel veins.
The sepals are about 13 by 2.5 millimetres (0.5 in × 0.1 in) and petals about 11 mm × 2 mm (0.43 in × 0.08 in) The labellum is larger, and cream-coloured with purple upturned margins. The column, composed of the stamen fused to the style, has a purple base, but is yellow towards the top, and is about 7 mm × 1.5 mm (0.28 in × 0.06 in) The ovary is about 12 mm × 2 mm (0.47 in × 0.08 in), with six external longitudinal ribs.
- Dockrill, A.W. (1965) Orchadian 1: 115. Type: Queensland, Helenvale, May 1962, C. Le Roy: Holo: QRS.
- Jones, David L. (2006). A complete Guide to Native Orchids of Australia, including the island territories. New Holland Publishers, Frenchs Forest, N.S.W. 2086 Australia. ISBN 1-877069-12-4.
- Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
- Hyland, B. P. M.; Whiffin, T.; Zich, F. A.; et al. (Dec 2010). "Factsheet – Aphyllorchis queenslandica". Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants. Edition 6.1, online version [RFK 6.1]. Cairns, Australia: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), through its Division of Plant Industry; the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research; the Australian Tropical Herbarium, James Cook University. Retrieved 16 March 2013.