PLANT PROFILE – DOCKRILLIA LINGUIFORMIS (TONGUE ORCHID)


To my delight this amazing Australian native orchid is growing naturally on my land.  Based on some online research, it is the epiphytical Dockrillia linguiformis (Tongue orchid).  There are a number of large clumps and many smaller ones growing on the underside of two old bottle brush trees.  These images were taken in early September 2019 when each orchid clump burst into flower for a 3 week period.

Really a treat for the eyes considering the area had no rain for months and most of the land was a dead grass shade of brown.  I guess time will tell if the mass flowering is due to the very warm winter as I missed the flowering last year (I didn’t even realise these plants where there!).

Habitat Tonic Dockrillia linguiformis Tongue orchid 2

I am told they are quite slow-growing, so given that the largest clump is about 1.5mts long, it is safe to say that these have been here for quite some time. Indeed the bottle brush trees they are growing on must be of considerable age with truck diameters of about 80cm at the base.

I am also told that they have a lovely scent but they are too high for anyone but a native bee to get up to!

Here are a few key stats on this beautiful Australian native –

SCIENTIFIC NAME – Dockrillia linguiformis

COMMON NAMES – Button orchid, Tongue orchid or Tick orchid

HABITAT –North-Eastern Queensland to South Eastern New South Wales.  It grows both epiphytically, on trees, and lithophytically, on rock faces or crevices.

FLOWER COLOUR –Cream, white or occasionally yellow

FLOWERING – September to October

Habitat Tonic Dockrillia linguiformis Tongue orchid 3

Hungry for more info about the Dockrillia linguiformis (Tongue orchid)?  Check out this site.

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