R. Br., Prod. Fl. Nov. Holl. 325 (1810).
Synonymy: Leptoceras menziesii (R. Br.) Lindley, Gen. & Sp. Orchid. Pl. 416 (1840).
Common name: Rabbit orchid, hare orchid.
Generally rather slender, 6-20 cm high, but sometimes much exceeding this; leaf glabrous or almost so, of variable shape and size, usually ovate-lanceolate or broadly oblong-lanceolate, 3-12 cm long.
Flowers 1-3, white and pink, occasionally entirely white; dorsal sepal c. 11 mm long, reddish, very glandular-hairy on the back, spathulate-lanceolate, concave, contracted gradually towards the base, rather blunt, abruptly incurved over the anther; lateral sepals spreading, white, traversed by a pink stripe on the lower surface, crescentic, wide in the middle, contracted towards both ends, same length as the dorsal one; petals reddish, very narrow-linear in the lower half, clavate and closely glandular above, erect, c. 20 mm long; labellum c. 7 mm long including the short claw, white with conspicuous transverse pink markings, orbicular-ovate, undivided, erect at the base, tip white, blunt, recurved; margins entire or nearly so; calli arranged in 2-4 rows, not extending to the top, on very slender pedicels with large rounded heads; column c. 7 mm long, erect or slightly incurved, with transverse pink striae; widely winged throughout; anther compressed laterally like a fireman's helmet, shortly pointed; pollinia 4, lamellate, L-shaped.
Fitzgerald (1888) Australian orchids, vol. 2, pt 4.; Cady & Rotherham (1970) Australian native orchids in colour, pl. 54.
Forms small to large colonies by vegetative increase on various soil types in heathland, scrub or forest, chiefly in damp places, flowering more prolifically after fires.
W.Aust.; N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas.
Flowering time: Sept. — Nov.
SA Distribution Map based
on current data relating to
specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia
It appears that this species should be placed in the monotypic genus Leptoceras (pers. comm. S. Hopper).
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