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The Cryptostylis ovata, has a number of common names including the Slipper Orchid, the Western Tongue Orchid and the Egg-shaped Cryptostylis. It is endemic to Western Australia, that is a summer flowering species.

The Cryptostylis ovata is a terrestrial, perennial, deciduous, herb and is usually found growing in colonies, although not all plants will necessarily flower in the same year. The orchid has dark green leaves (that can be seen throughout the year). The leaves have a white central vein and the flower stem, which can grow up to 70 cm high, can have up to fifteen flowers. The flowers are a pale greenish colour, with a brownish-red labellum and a network of darker coloured veins.

Cryptostylis ovata (Slipper Orchid), Stirling Range National Park WA © Terry Dunham
Cryptostylis ovata (Slipper Orchid), Stirling Range National Park WA © Terry Dunham
Cryptostylis ovata (Slipper Orchid), Stirling Range National Park WA © Terry Dunham
Cryptostylis ovata (Slipper Orchid), Stirling Range National Park WA © Terry Dunham
Cryptostylis ovata (Slipper Orchid), Stirling Range National Park WA © Terry Dunham
Cryptostylis ovata (Slipper Orchid), Stirling Range National Park WA © Terry Dunham
Cryptostylis ovata (Slipper Orchid), Stirling Range National Park WA © Terry Dunham
Cryptostylis ovata (Slipper Orchid), Stirling Range National Park WA © Terry Dunham
Cryptostylis ovata (Slipper Orchid), Stirling Range National Park WA © Terry Dunham
Cryptostylis ovata (Slipper Orchid), Stirling Range National Park WA © Terry Dunham
Cryptostylis ovata (Slipper Orchid), Stirling Range National Park WA © Terry Dunham
Cryptostylis ovata (Slipper Orchid), Stirling Range National Park WA © Terry Dunham
Cryptostylis ovata (Slipper Orchid), Stirling Range National Park WA © Terry Dunham
Cryptostylis ovata (Slipper Orchid), Stirling Range National Park WA © Terry Dunham
Cryptostylis ovata (Slipper Orchid), Stirling Range National Park WA © Terry Dunham
Cryptostylis ovata (Slipper Orchid), Stirling Range National Park WA © Terry Dunham

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Phylum: Tracheophyta
  • Subphylum: Angiospermae
  • Class: Liliopsida
  • Order: Asparagales
  • Family: Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily: Orchidoideae
  • Tribe: Diurideae
  • Subtribe: Cryptostylidinae
  • Genus: Cryptostylis
  • Species: Cryptostylis ovata

Footnote & References

  1. Cryptostylis ovata (Slipper Orchid), Stirling Range National Park WA. Photographs © Terry Dunham
  2. Caladenia serotina Hopper & A.P.Br., Christmas Spider Orchid, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://id.biodiversity.org.au/taxon/apni/51399347
  3. Slipper Orchid (Cryptostylis ovata), iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/550012-Cryptostylis-ovata
  4. Cryptostylis ovata R.Br., Slipper Orchid, Western Australian Herbarium (1998–). Florabase—the Western Australian Flora. Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, https://florabase.dbca.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/1627
  5. Cryptostylis ovata, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptostylis_ovata

OrchidaceaeCaladenia barbarossa (Dragon Orchid) Caladenia bryceana subsp. bryceana (Dwarf Spider Orchid) Caladenia corynephora (Club-lipped Spider Orchid) Caladenia integra (Smooth-lipped Spider Orchid) Caladenia latifolia (Pink Fairies) Caladenia lobata (Butterfly Spider Orchid) Caleana major (Flying Duck Orchid) Caladenia melanema (Ballerina Orchid) Caladenia polychroma (Joseph’s Spider Orchid) Caladenia pulchra (Slender Spider Orchid) Caladenia pusilla (Tiny Caladenia) Caladenia serotina (Christmas Spider Orchid) Caladenia tessellata (Thick-lip Spider Orchid) Cryptostylis ovata (Slipper Orchid) Cephalotus follicularis (Western Australian Pitcher Plant) Dendrobium kingianum (Pink Rock Orchid) Dendrobium speciosum (Rock Orchid) Drakaea glyptodon (King-in-his-carriage Orchid) Elythranthera emarginata (Pink Enamel Orchid) Epiblema grandiflorum (Babe-in-a-cradle Orchid) Drakaea livida (Warty Hammer Orchid) Ericksonella saccharata (Sugar Orchid) Glossodia major (Wax-lip Orchid) Leptoceras menziesii (Rabbit Orchid) Microtis cupularis (Cupped Mignonette Orchid) Paracaleana nigrita (Flying Duck Orchid) Pterostylis cheraphila (Floodplain Rustyhood) Pterostylis ciliata (Hairy Rufous Greenhood) Pterostylis picta (Painted Rufous Greenhood) Rhizanthella johnstonii (Southern Underground Orchid) Spiculaea ciliata (Elbow Orchid) Thelymitra sp. Ongerup (Orange Sun Orchids) Thelymitra speciosa (Eastern Queen of Sheba’s)

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