Common name: Giant Beard Orchid, Golden Beard Orchid
Calochilus grandiflorus (Benth.) Domin APNI*
Description: Terrestrial herb.
Leaf linear, to 50 cm long and 5 mm wide, usually reddish at base.
Inflorescence to 60 cm high but often spindly to straggling, 1–12-flowered. Sepals and lateral petals golden bronzy. Labellum broad, up to 45 mm long, c. 14 mm wide; lamina with red to coppery beard, central calli becoming shorter towards base; the elongated tip broad, naked, crisped and often folded against the lamina surface. Column collars each with a purple gland at base; rim interconnecting the collars obscure or absent.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in coastal heath, scattered; north from Bulahdelah district.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by P. Bernhardt
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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