Common name: Large Bird Orchid
Chiloglottis valida D.L.Jones APNI*
Description: Terrestrial herb.
Flower broad, c. 35 mm across, greenish to purplish red. Dorsal sepal obovate, 19–30 mm long, 14–17 mm wide; osmophore 1–2.5 mm long. Lateral sepals erect and curved forwards, 17–25 mm long, c. 4 mm wide; osmophore c. 1 mm long. Petals ovate to lanceolate, 17–23 mm long, 8–11 mm wide, incurved close to labellum. Labellum broadly cordate, 14–18.5 mm long, 12–16 mm wide, with 1–6 linear to terete, erect, dark calli on the basal two-thirds, the largest c. 4 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in grassy forest; particularly common in montane and subalpine regions; occurs south of the Brindabella Ra.
NSW subdivisions: SC, ST
Other Australian states: Vic.
Forms rare hybrids with C. trapeziformis.
Text by D. L. Jones
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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