Herb latin name: Thelymitra longifolia
Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)
Edible parts of Thelymitra longifolia:Root - raw or cooked.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Rocks, banks and open ground from the maritime to the sub-alpine zones on North, South, Stewart and Chatham Islands.
Propagation of Thelymitra longifolia:Seed - surface sow, preferably as soon as it is ripe, in the greenhouse and do not allow the compost to dry out. The seed of this species is extremely simple, it has a minute embryo surrounded by a single layer of protective cells. It contains very little food reserves and depends upon a symbiotic relationship with a species of soil-dwelling fungus. The fungal hyphae invade the seed and enter the cells of the embryo. The orchid soon begins to digest the fungal tissue and this acts as a food supply for the plant until it is able to obtain nutrients from decaying material in the soil. It is best to use some of the soil that is growing around established plants in order to introduce the fungus, or to sow the seed around a plant of the same species and allow the seedlings to grow on until they are large enough to move.
Cultivation of the herb:Rocks, banks and open ground from the maritime to the sub-alpine zones on North, South, Stewart and Chatham Islands.
Medicinal use of Thelymitra longifolia:None known
Known hazards of Thelymitra longifolia:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.