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What's flowering in the park

Glossodia major

Wax Lip Orchid

Family: Orchidaceae

Glossodia major is a terrestrial orchid endemic to eastern Australia. It is found in a range of habitats, from heath to open forest sandstone.

Glossodia major has a single flower usually 30-40mm across, but can be up to 60mm. It is borne at the end of a stalk up to 20cm or more high. The colour ranges from purple to mauve, becoming white in the centre of the floral parts.

The single leaf can be 10-20cm long, oblong and hairy, rising from the base of the stalk.

Glossodia major flowers from July to September.

Glossodia major - Wax Lip Orchid

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 Glossodia major - Wax Lip Orchid