Yarra Ranges Shire Council


Chiloglottis trapeziformis

Common Name: Dainty or Broad-lip Bird-orchid
Family: Orchidaceae
Size: 7-14cm high
Description: Perennial herb with a slender greenish-brown stem, growing from a small round tuber. Forms large colonies.
Leaves: 2 dark green oblong to elliptic leaves with wavy margins 25-80mm x 7-25mm, at ground level.
Flowering: Single flower to 20mm wide; egg-shaped central sepal erect, incurved; lateral sepals narrow, curved down; narrow petals pressed down to stem. Erect long-clawed trapezium-shaped lip, central clump of blackish warts, 2 larger warts at either end.
Flower Colour: Greenish-brown to purple
Flowering Time: September to November
Growing Conditions: Well drained soil in dryish open forests. Semi shade.
Garden Use: Use of orchids in gardens is not recommended, unless they already occur naturally, in which case they need to be protected. Removing orchids from the bush usually results in their death and further depletes remaining wild orchid populations.
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Plant Communities: 31
Conservation Status: Significant within the Shire. Known from a single site. Disjunct populations occur throughout Victoria.
Aboriginal Use: Food - tuber
Commercially available: Never
Bird Attracting: No
Butterfly Attracting: No
Frog Habitat: No
Photographer: Cathy Powers ©
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Last Updated: 30/06/2010
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