Purple Beard-orchid

Purple Beard-orchid
Photographer
Lynne hillier
Common Name
Purple Beard-orchid
Scientific Name
Calochilus robertsonii
Size
45cm
Leaf Description
Single folded, erect, fleshy, ribbed, dark green leaf with reddish base, to 40cm x 10mm .
General Description
Perennial herb to 45 cm tall, bearing 2-9 green flowers each with red 'beards'. Stout, fleshy green hairless stem with 1-2 bracts. Occurs as scattered individuals. The most widespread beard-orchid. Flowers open widely on warm sunny days to fully display their beards.
Flower Description
Up to 9 grey-green flowers with deep red veins, to 30mm across. The dorsal sepal is broad and hooded, the lateral sepals spreading, narrowing to points and the petals are erect and tip incurved. Labellum ovate covered with spreading purple hairs. Column wings with a black glad connected by a ridge.
Flower Colour
Green with red or purple stripes
Suburb
Many
Flowering Months
January
September
October
November
December
Habitat
Box-Ironbark Forest, Damp Forest, Escarpment Shrubland, Grassy Dry Forest, Heathy Woodland, Herb-rich Foothill Forest, Lowland Forest, Valley Grassy Forest, Valley Heathy Forest
Date of Last Record
2000-2015
Growing Conditions
Dryish well drained soils. Semi shade.