Common name: Copper beard orchid, Copper Beard Orchid
Calochilus campestris R.Br. APNI*
Synonyms: Calochilus saprophyticus R.S.Rogers APNI*
Calochilus montanus D.L.Jones APNI*
Calochilus pruinosus D.L.Jones APNI*
Description: Terrestrial herb.
Leaf linear to lanceolate, to 30 cm long and 10 mm wide, dark green; sometimes absent.
Inflorescence to 60 cm high, usually 5–15 flowered. Sepals and lateral petals pale green with a few purple stripes. Labellum c. 16 mm long, c. 7 mm wide, ovate with a crispate tip often curled under the lamina proper; lamina with spreading, purplish beard; base with raised, metallic blue to brownish purple plates (speculum). Column collars each with a purple gland at base; rim interconnecting the collars obscure or absent.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in moist sclerophyll forest on slopes and ridges; widespread, from coastal sites inland to Temora district.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas.
Leafless forms in swampy sites at Angourie were separated as C. saprophyticus. The only species in N.S.W. in which the lamina base bears 2 raised metallic blue to brownish purple plates.
Text by P. Bernhardt
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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