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Family: Orchidaceae

Citation: A.S. George, Nuytsia 1:183 (1971).

Derivation: Latin lepus, a hare; in reference to the vernacular name.

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: None

Terrestrial glabrous herbs, originating from a rounded tuber; leaf basal, 1 or 2 sessile, sheathing, ovate, oblong or broadly lanceolate, often small at the time of flowering, increasing 1 or 2, in size thereafter and developing marked parallel red veins.

Flowers resupinate, persistent; dorsal sepal wide, erect, incurved, acute, concave, contracted gradually towards the base; lateral sepals about equal in length, acute, very narrow, deflexed against the ovary; petals rather longer, erect, pointed, linear-clavate, the clubbed part very glandular; labellum on a short movable claw, much wider than long, obscurely 3-lobed; the lateral lobes large and dome-shaped, fringed or deeply combed anteriorly, with pubescent spots on their upper convex surface; the middle lobe much smaller, rounded, not recurved, less deeply combed, its upper surface smooth or almost so; column incurved, rather widely winged; anther bent forward, 2-celled, valvate; pollinia 4, in 2 pairs, lamellate; stigma triangular, its apex deeply sunk between the divergent lobes of the anther; rostellum poorly developed; no viscid disk or caudicle.

Distribution:  Peculiar to Australia and monotypic, but closely allied to Caladenia menziesii and the genus Eriochilus, which have been included under Leptoceras by some botanists. On the other hand the single member of this genus has been placed under Caladenia and was so included by Bentham.

Biology: No text

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