Burnettia cuneata  
Lizard Orchid  

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These orchids enjoy swampy conditions and only flower after fire.  Although the life cycle is not know for certain, it is known that all plants die after flowering and the next generation of plants come from seed.  Somehow tubers are formed which lay dormant for many years until the next fire.  After taking these photos a frost occurred that night and most orchids had died, however 3 days later, as many if not more orchids had flowered.  Truly rapid flowering.

Photographed at the Grampians National Park.

Picking orchids is illegal. Orchid plants shown were collected by a licensed person and will be used in research on the plant. It is hoped to extract the fungi associated with this orchid and use this to help grow the plant from seed.  Seed was to be obtained from other flowers in this area.

Details (Vic):

Flowering:  Flowering August - November, mainly September to October.

Size: Up to 10cm tall,  flowers -  usually 1 to 4, to 25mm across

Endemic, Rare.



Open Labellum  Whole plant - note: Picking orchids is illegal