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What's flowering in the park

Cryptostylis subulata

Large tongue orchid, Duck orchid, Cow orchid

Family: Orchidaceae

Cryptostylis subulata or Cow Orchid is a terrestrial orchid which grows in sandy soils in heath and woodland.

Plants are usually 30-50 cm high with 1 to 3 yellowish green leathery erect leaves 8-15cm long.

The yellowish-green flowers are about 22-30 mm long with edges folded upwards. They are reddish towards the tip. There may be 2 to 8 flowers along the stalk.

Cryptostylis subulata flowers in October, November, December, January, February, March.

Cryptostylis subulata or Cow Orchid, Tongue Orchid

Cryptostylis subulata

 

 

Cryptostylis subulata

Cryptostylis subulata

Cryptostylis subulata leaves

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