Rimacola elliptica (R.Br.) Rupp 1942 Photo by Greg Steenbeeke and his Australian Orchid Website

Flower Closeup Photo by Colin & Misha Rowan and their Retired Aussies Orchid Website

Part shadeCoolTo Cold LATESpring Summer

Common Name The Elliptic Rimacola - The Green Rock Orchid - Green Beaks

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in New South Wales Australia at elevations of 400 to 1000 meters occuring in moist sandstone rock crevasses as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing lithophyte with a creeping rhizome giving rise to a cylindrical, short pseudobulb enveloped completely by a scarious tubular sheath and carrying an erect, single, elliptic, acute, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a terminal, 6" [15cm] long, several to many flowered inflorescence carrying long-lasting flowers.

Synonyms Caladenia elliptica (R.Br.) Rchb.f. 1871; *Lyperanthus ellipticus R.Br. 1810; Megastylis elliptica (R.Br.) Schltr. 1911

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 4 1966; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 6 321 - 384 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 drawing fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 70 No 5 2005; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide