Autumn Bird-orchid

Autumn Bird-orchid
Photographer
Frank Pierce
Common Name
Autumn Bird-orchid
Scientific Name
Chiloglottis reflexa
Size
15cm
Leaf Description
Two dark green egg-shaped leaves with wavy margins 20-40mm x 6-20mm, at ground level.
General Description
Perennial herb to 15 cm tall, with two broad leaves at the base of a hairless reddish-brown to pinkish stem bearing a purple-green or greenish-bronze flower, vaguely resembling a wasp-like insect. Forms large colonies. Flowering is sporadic and may be stimulated by fires in summer.
Flower Description
Single flower red to oliver green, to 15mm across. Lateral sepals linear curving downwards, petals bent towards stem. Labellum brown/purple ending in a short point, large distinctly notched red/black calli.
Flower Colour
Greenish-bronze to purplish
Suburb
Christmas Hills, Bend of Islands, North Warrandyte, Kangaroo Ground, Wattle Glen, Research
Flowering Months
March
April
May
June
July
August
Habitat
Floodplain Riparian Woodland, Grassy Forest, Heathy Woodland, Riparian Forest, Valley Heathy Forest
Date of Last Record
2000-2015
Growing Conditions
Well drained sandy soil. Semi shade. Flowering is stimulated after fires.