Chiloglottis formicifera Fitzg. 1877

Flower Front and Lip Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt

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Common Name The Ant-Carrying Chiloglottis [Refers to the lip formation - see Flower front and Lip photo] - The Common Ant Orchid

Flower Size 1/2 to 3/4" [1.2 to 1.8 cm]

Found in New South Wales Australia and New Zealand at elevations of 5 to 800 meters on sheltered slopes and gullies in moist araeas of open forests as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial orchid with 2, ovate-lanceolate, undulate or entire leaves that gradually taper into a petiole and blooms on an erect, 2.2 to 4" [6 to 10 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence that arises in the winter and spring

Synonyms Myrmechila formicifera (Fitzg.) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. 2005

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2002; An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1982; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 as C fornicatus photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 41 2001 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 photo fide; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Myrmechila formicifera Photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; The Native Orchids of New Zealand, A Colour Field Guide Scanlen & St George 2010 as Myrmechila formicifera photo fide;

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