Chiloglottis cornuta

Green Bird-orchid

Perennial herb with a stout green stem, growing from a small round tuber. Forms large colonies.

Additional information

  • SynonymSimpliglottis cornuta
  • FamilyOrchidaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size2-7 cm high
  • Plant groupingOrchids
  • Leaves2 fleshy bright green oblong leaves 15-60 mm x 10-25 mm, at ground level.
  • Flower colourPale green with reddish markings
  • Flowering timeOctober to January
  • FlowersSingle flower to 30 mm across; central sepal erect, hooded; lateral sepals narrow, petals broader, spreading, all to 20 mm long. Lip is clawed at base allowing movement; 2-8 dark green or reddish warty calli scattered on lip.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist shady sites in closed wet mountain forests, often in fern gullies, sometimes growing on rotted logs and tree ferns.
  • Garden useUse of orchids in gardens is not recommended, unless they already occur naturally, in which case they need to be protected. Removing orchids from the bush usually results in their death and further depletes remaining wild orchid populations.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusWidespread within its specific habitat in the Shire but uncommon in those locations.
  • Aboriginal Use Food - tuber
Photographer/s: 1, 2 Cathy Powers ©; 3 Mischa Rowan, retiredaussies ©

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