- An erect orchid to 10 cm high, growing from a basal rosette. The flower is hooded with narrow lobes projecting downward, and has a protruding, threadlike ‘tongue’ that is covered with yellow hairs and has a dark brown knob on its tip.
Distribution and Habitat
- North and South Islands, in the far north, around Cook Strait and in northwest Nelson.
- Occurs in open sites under partial shade of forest.
- Lack of fires; this species requires frequent disturbance, usually from fires, to maintain an open habitat.
- Competition from weeds, particularly gorse.
- Over-collection by orchid enthusiasts.
- Survey for new locations.
- Mark known sites.
- Protection of habitat.
- Translocate to appropriate sites within plantation forest.
- 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
- Weed control - 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.
- Peter de Lange, Peter Heenan, David Norton, Jeremy Rolfe and John Sawyer (2010). Threatened Plants of New Zealand. Canterbury University Press, Christchurch. 472 pp.