Common name: Red Beard Orchid
Calochilus paludosus R.Br. APNI*
Description: Terrestrial herb.
Leaf linear to lanceolate, to 18 cm long and 5 mm wide, often reddish at base.
Inflorescence to 35 cm high, 1–9-flowered. Sepals and lateral petals green, often with reddish veins. Labellum ovate, c. 28 mm long, c. 12 mm wide, deflexed; the elongated tip naked, broad and coarsely bent; lamina with red to coppery beard grading to shorter, knobbed calli towards base. Collars prominent, flaring and interconnected by prominent ridge; lacking glands.
Flowering: late Aug. to Oct.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in swampy heaths, damp peaty soils but also on dry elevated ridges in montane forest and woodland; not common, chiefly in coastal districts, west to Carabost and Goonoo S.F.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT, ST, CWS, SWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas.
The only species in N.S.W. lacking glands on collars.
Text by P. Bernhardt
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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