Phaius pictus

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Phaius pictus
LR061 72dpi Phaius pictus.jpg
Illustration by Lewis Roberts
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Genus: Phaius
Species: P. pictus
Binomial name
Phaius pictus
T.E.Hunt [1]

Phais pictus, or forest swamp orchid, is a vulnerable rainforest terrestrial orchid of the genus Phaius. It is found from 0–600 metres in a relatively small restricted area in the McIlwraith Range, and from the Bloomfield River to the Kirrama Range, in Far North Queensland, Australia.[2] The type specimen was collected from Bellenden Ker Range in Queensland.[3]

Description[edit]

It flowers from April to June. The stems are 5 to 6 mm above ground, cylindrical to angular. The pleated leaves are broad and the flowers are yellow outside and brick red internally.[4]

Range and habitat[edit]

It is very localised and restricted to rainforest regions, preferring humid sheltered sites close to streams or areas of seepage, or among boulders and forest litter.

Status[edit]

Listed as vulnerable by the Australian Commonwealth EPBC Act Listing Status.[5]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^  Phaius pictus was first described and published in Victorian Naturalist 69: 27 1952. "Phaius pictus T.E.Hunt". The Plant List; Version 1. (published on the internet). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Missouri Botanical Garden. 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Jones (1997), p. 362.
  3. ^ "Plant Name Details for Genus epithet". IPNI. Retrieved 6 January 2012. Type Information: "Queensland - Cook District, on Bellenden Ker Range above 2,000 feet. Leg. J.H. Wilkie, May, 1947. 
  4. ^ Jones (2006), p. 362.
  5. ^ [1] Checked on 23 Feb. 2011.

References[edit]

  • 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.

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