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Plant Form: Fleshy erect perennial herb.
Size: Up to 50 cm tall.
Stem: Thick, fleshy, green, cylindrical flowering stalk. Only appears above ground for a few months in spring.
Leaves: Initially rosette at base, then numerous green with grass like blades up to 15 cm long, purplish on upper surfaces with age. Smaller modified leaves clasp around flowers.
Flowers: 20-60 on stalk, small, up to 5 mm long, with red hooded upper part and yellow green downward pointing lower parts and yellow tongue-like large bottom petal.
Fruit and Seeds: Brown capsule containing numerous minute dust-like seeds.
Habitat: Wet forests, old gardens, rainforest, urban bushland.
Distinguishing Features: Has multiple leaves at the base of the stem rather than a single leaf in native Onion or Leek orchids (Microtis or Prasophyllum species).