Tuesday, October 11, 2011

dockrillia linguiformis

More commonly known as the tongue orchid, this epiphyte is one of a number of native orchids that grow naturally around here. It grows unobtrusively on trees and rock faces for most of the year and flowers around September.

It gets it's name partly from the shape of it's leaves which are thick and leathery and shaped rather like a tongue. The first part of it's name 'Dockrillia', is after Alick Dockrill, an Australian orchidologist. The second part 'linguiformis' is from the Latin 'lingua' meaning tongue, and 'formis' meaning shaped.

It is a protected species and as such should not be collected from the wild.

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