- An epiphytic orchid, with stiff tufts of purple-spotted leaves attached to branches by a spreading network of whitish, aerial roots. Small, yellowish flowers are borne in clusters that hang below the foliage
Distribution and Habitat
- Uncommon in the central and southern North Island and northern and southern South Island. Occurs on a wide range of hosts, including miro, broadleaf, lemonwood and kohuhu.
- Habitat modification and loss.
- Possum browse.
- Survey for new locations.
- Mark known sites.
- Protection of habitat.
- Possum control by poisoning or trapping.
- Check existing populations annually.
- Report new locations to DOC, NZPCN.
Further Information and Support
- New Zealand Plant Conservation Network (NZPCN). http://www.nzpcn.org.nz
- Pest management – Department of Conservation, regional councils.
- St George, I. (1999). The nature guide to New Zealand native orchids. Random House, Auckland.
- Hollard, V. & Clements, N. (1994). A beginner’s field guide to the native orchids of New Zealand. Published by the authors.