Dainty Bird-orchid

Dainty Bird-orchid
Photographer
Frank Pierce
Common Name
Dainty Bird-orchid
Scientific Name
Chiloglottis trapeziformis
Size
8cm
Leaf Description
Two dark green oblong to elliptic leaves with entire or wavy margins 25-55mm x 7-20mm, at ground level.
General Description
To 8 cm tall, with two broad leaves at the base of a hairless greenish-brown slender stem bearing a purple-green flower, vaguely resembling a wasp-like insect. Forms large colonies. Locally threatened, but is very hardy and grows well in cultivation.
Flower Description
Single flower brownish-green to red, to 20mm across. Dorsal sepal erect and lateral sepals spreading. Petals bent down along the stem. Labellum erect with a compacted group of small sessile black calli in the centre.
Flower Colour
Greenish-brown to purple
Suburb
Christmas Hills, Bend of Islands, North Warrandyte, Kangaroo Ground, Wattle Glen, Research, Diamond Creek, Plenty
Flowering Months
September
October
November
December
Habitat
Floodplain Riparian Woodland, Heathy Woodland, Herb-rich Foothill Forest
Date of Last Record
1990-1999
Growing Conditions
Well drained soil. Semi shade.