(Ridl.) Garay (1972)
Brachypeza archytas, commonly known as the Sage Orchid, is an epiphytic orchid. It is endemic to Christmas Island, an Australian territory in the north-eastern Indian Ocean. Its specific epithet honours the Greek philosopher Archytas.
The stems of the orchid are obscured by aerial roots. It has 4 or 5 lorate leaves, 100–220 mm long and 16–26 mm wide, unequally bilobed, forming a fan. The inflorescence is 150–350 mm long, with a long, angled peduncle and a rachis with many densely spaced, small (8–10 mm) white flowers.
Distribution and habitat
Found only on Christmas Island, the orchid is relatively common, especially in rainforest on the island’s lower terraces where it is often found low down on large tree trunks, such as those of Tristiropsis acutangula and Gyrocarpus americanus.
- "Brachypeza archytas (Ridl.) Garay". Flora of Australia Online. Australian Biological Resources Study. 1993. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
- Photograph of the Sage Orchid by David Banks at the Internet Orchid Species Photo Encyclopedia
- IOSPE orchid photos
- Colnect, Catalogo di francobolli : Francobollo , Brachypeza archytas (photo of orchid on postage stamp)
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