Biennial, forming extensive colonies of small flowers. First year leaves quite round, 10-20mm broad. Second year flowering stems with erect bract-like leaves.
Small, 10-15 mm across, Sinus of lateral sepals thickened, protruding like a jug spout. Petals broad, rounded at the tip, the hood of dorsal sepal and petals creating a narrow gap with the sepals can completely obscure the erect, dark brown, straight tipped, obtuse labellum.
February - May.
Lowland poor soils in hard beech, manuka and gorse. Wellington to Nelson, local, rare.
A few sites known around Nelson, Marlborough and Wellington. A new coloniser from Australia where it is rare.
Very distinctive flower. Unusually small scattered populations.
Small flower and large rounded first year leaves, thickened, jutting junction to sepals, broad petals.