Rhomboda polygonoides (F.Muell.) Ormerod, Orchadian 11(7): 333 (1995).
Goodyera polygonoides F.Muell., Fragm. 8: 29 (1873); Orchiodes polygonoides (F.Muell) Kuntze, Revis. gen. pl. 2: 675 (1891); Etaeria polygonoides (F.Muell.) Dockrill, Austral. Pl. 3: 350, f. (1966); Hetaeria polygonoides (F.Muell.) Dockrill, Austral. Pl. 3: 350-351 (1966); Zeuxine polygonoides (F.Muell.) P.J.Cribb in M.A.Clem., Austral. Orch. Res. 1: 147-148 (1989). Type: In summitate montis Macallisteri prope polygonoides F.Muell Rockingham’s Bay, J. Dallachy s.n. (holo MEL).
Zeuxine novae-hiberniae Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1: 86 (1912). Type: Neu-Mecklenburg [New Ireland]: In humus in the mountain forests near Punam, alt. c. 600 m, July 1902, R. Schlechter 14695 (holo B; iso K).
Occurs in north-eastern Queensland from Daintree River to Paluma.
Altitude: 200-800 m.
Also occurs in New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.
Terrestrial herb forming loose colonies. Stems erect, 5-10 cm x 0.4 cm wide, fleshy. Leaves 5-9, scattered along stem, prostrate, larger leaves forming a loose rosette toward apex, petiolate, bases sheathing stem; lamina narrowly ovate, 5-8 cm x 1.5-2 cm, purplish green or bronzed with broad central white stripe, velvety, apex acute. Inflorescence a terminal spike, erect, 100-200 mm long, sparsely hairy, fleshy. Flowers 5-14, resupinate, erect, 5-6 mm x 6-7 mm, on elongate sessile ovaries, green and white. Dorsal sepal projected forward, hooded, forming galea with petals, obovate, 4-4.5 mm x 3-3.5 mm, green. Lateral sepals free, widely divergent, nearly horizontal, oblong to narrowly ovate, 4.5-5 mm x 3 mm, green, apices apiculate, sparsely hairy. Petals asymmetric, elliptic, 4.5 mm x 2 mm, translucent white. Labellum deeply concave, 5-5.5 mm x 2-2.5 mm, margins overlapping, sharply constricted near apex; basal pouch with 2 finger-shaped glands. Column 1 mm long, with large wings, 1 mm wide. Column foot absent. Capsules erect, dehiscent.
Occurs in rainforests in shady moist situations and in litter on large boulders adjacent to streams. Its leaves are highly ornate.
Flowering period: June-August.
Until recently known as Hetaeria polygonoides and Zeuxine polygoniodes.