Scientific Name:
Adenochilus gracilis Hook.f., Bot. Antarct. Voy. II. (Fl. Nov.-Zel.) Part I, 246, t. 56A (1853)

Plant at fl. c. 5–20 cm. tall. Stem erect, slender. Green cauline lf sessile, us. about ½ way up stem, c. 1–2 cm. long, ovate to ovate-oblong, acute to subacute, ± cordate at base, occ. shallowly notched. Petiolate lf from horizontal rhizome emerging through a cylindric scale-lf and us. distant from flowering stem; lamina similar to that of cauline lf. Empty floral bract us. present between lf and solitary fl. but occ. 2 fls develop. Per. c. 1–1.5–(2) cm. diam., the outer surfaces with short, fine, ± glandular pubescence. Sepals lanceolate, acute; dorsal greenish, arched over column; lateral whitish, widespreading. Petals similar to sepals. Labellum much shorter and ± hidden under dorsal sepal; disc with transverse reddish stripes, calli yellow. Column reddish inside, wings membr. and pale.

[From: Moore and Edgar (1970) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 2.]

Indigenous (Endemic)

Flowering: Nov.–Jan.–(Feb.)

de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.N.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series. No. 22. [Not Threatened]
de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Champion, P.D.; Courtney, S.P.; Heenan, P.B.; Barkla, J.W.; Cameron, E.K.; Norton, D.A.; Hitchmough, R.A. 2013: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2012. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 3. Department of Conservation, Wellington. [Not Threatened]
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Parsons, M.J.; Douglass, P.; Macmillan, B.H. 1998: Current Names List for wild Gymnosperms, Dicotyledons and Monocotyledons (except Grasses) of New Zealand as used in Herbarium CHR. Version 1, to 31 Dec 1995. Manaaki Whenua Press, Lincoln, Canterbury, New Zealand.