Common name: Ant Orchid
Chiloglottis formicifera Fitzg. APNI*
Synonyms: Myrmechila formicifera (Fitzg.) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. APNI*
Description: Terrestrial herb.
Flower narrow, 12–16 mm long, greenish brown with a black labellum callus. Dorsal sepal spathulate, 10–12.5 mm long, c. 3 mm wide; osmophore c. 0.4 mm long. Lateral sepals recurved, 9–10 mm long, c. 0.7 mm wide, divergent; osmophore c. 0.5 mm long. Petals oblanceolate, 8–10 mm long, 2.5–3 mm wide, reflexed. Labellum diamond-shaped, 7–10 mm long, 6–7.5 mm wide, a narrow, shiny, black, ant-like callus extending from the base to the apex. Column narrowly winged.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in moist areas of sclerophyll forest; widespread, from Bald Rock to Nowra.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS
Text by D. L. Jones
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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