Chiloglottis jeanesii

Mountain Bird-orchid

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

Additional information

  • SynonymChiloglottis sp. A (Eastern Highlands), Chiloglottis sp. aff. valida; Simpliglottis jeanesii
  • FamilyOrchidaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size20-50 mm high
  • Plant groupingOrchids
  • Leaves2 fleshy dark green elliptic leaves 25-40 mm x 10-18 mm, at ground level.
  • Flower colourGreen to greenish-yellow
  • Flowering timeSeptember to November
  • FlowersSingle flower to 30 mm wide; central sepal erect, incurved, lateral sepals tapering; petals curved, spreading, incurved. Lip on short claw, stalked central gland, 5 pairs red, yellow to green warty calli in centre.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsUnder shrubs in moist, tall forests. Semi shade.
  • 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 statusRestricted distribution within the Shire where it may be locally common. Also occurs on Mt Baw Baw.
  • Aboriginal Use Food - tuber
  • Related speciesDistinguish from Chiloglottis valida by the smaller green flowers, spreading petals and more than 3 pairs of calli on the labellum (lip).
Photographer/s: Cathy Powers ©

Plant Communities

  • 01 Alpine Ash Montane Damp Forest (EVC 38)
  • 09 Myrtle Beech Cool Temperate rainforest (EVC31)
  • 02 Shining Gum Montane Wet Forest (EVC 39)
  • 10 Southern Sassafras Cool Temperate rainforest (EVC 31)
  • 04 Alpine Ash Montane Wet Forest (EVC 39)
  • 40 Snow Gum Grassy Woodland (EVC 175/37)
  • 05 Mountain Ash Forest - Central Highlands (EVC 30)
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