Microtis media ssp mediaCommon name: Common Mignonette Orchid
Meaning of name: Microtis is from the Greek words micros, meaning small and otos, meaning ear, referring to the ear-like projections on each side of the flower. Media is from the Latin medius, meaning middle, common or intermediate.
Distribution: Widespread from Shark Bay to Eyre.
Description: Up to 100 inconspicuous flowers are held on stems to 60cm high.
References: Western Australian Plant Names and their Meanings, a Glossary. FA Sharp. 1996.
Orchids of South-West Australia. Noel Hoffman & Andrew Brown. 1992.