Chiloglottis reflexa [Labill.] Druce 1917 Photo by Cathy Powers and her AUSTRALIAN TERRESTRIAL ORCHID OTHER FLORA & FAUNA BANJORAH Website


Common Name The Back-Bent Chiloglottis - The Autumn Bird Orchid - The Short Clubbed Wasp Orchid

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania at elevations of 20 to 1550 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial species occuring in sclerophyll forest, prefers moist situations and almost always found in sandy soil with an oblong tuber giving rise to an erect, reddish stem carrying 2 basal, oval, acute, waxy basally clasping leaves and an acuminate tubular sheath at the middle that blooms on an erect, 5" [12.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence occuring in the summer and fall.

Many references put C trilabra as a synonym of this species but for now I have left them separate.

Synonyms Acianthus bifolius R.Br. 1810; Chiloglottis trilabra Fitzg. 1883; Cyrtostylis reflexa (Labill.) Spreng. 1826; *Epipactis reflexa Labill. 1806; Serapias reflexa (Labill.) Pers. 1807

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 drawing fide; Orchids of Australia Riley & Banks 2002; AOS Bulletin Vol 71 No 8 2002 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 71 No 10 2002 photo fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 77 #1 2013 photo fide;