Common Bird-orchid

Common Bird-orchid
Photographer
Deb Oliver
Common Name
Common Bird-orchid
Scientific Name
Chiloglottis valida
Size
6cm
Leaf Description
Two dark green egg-shaped leaves, stalked, 20-50mm x 9-25mm, at ground level.
General Description
To 6 cm tall, with two broad leaves at the base of a hairless green-brown stem bearing a purple-green to red-brown flower, resembling the gaping beak of a young bird. Forms large colonies. Widespread.
Flower Description
A single deep red brown to purple green flower (occasionally two), to 40mm across. Dorsal sepal erect incurved and lateral sepals erect but recurved. Purple heart-shaped labellum with between 4 and 10 blunt deep red to black calli.
Flower Colour
Reddish-brown to purplish-green
Suburb
Many
Flowering Months
January
September
October
November
December
Habitat
Creekline Herb-rich Woodland, Damp Forest, Escarpment Shrubland, Grassy Dry Forest, Grassy Woodland, Herb-rich Foothill Forest, Lowland Forest, Riparian Scrub, Shrubby Foothill Forest, Valley Grassy Forest, Valley Heathy Forest
Date of Last Record
2000-2015
Growing Conditions
Cool, moist, well drained soil in semi-shade