Corybas aconitiflorus Salisb.

Spurred Helmet-orchid

Parad. Londin. t. 83 (1807) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Leaf broadly ovate to cordate, apex abruptly acuminate, grey-green above, usually reddish or purplish below, membranous, 10–20 mm long, 9–21 mm wide. Flower dull reddish-purple, pedicel inconspicuous; dorsal sepal hooded, ellipsoid, not markedly contracted at base, curved and enclosing the labellum, apex acute and often upturned, 17–25 mm long when flattened out; lateral sepals and petals linear, tapered, sepals c. 2 mm long, petals c. 1 mm long. Labellum about half the length of dorsal sepal, more or less upright, the tubular part much longer than the expanded part, very narrow towards base; auricles expanded into 2 conspicuous horn-like spurs which project down along the ovary and remain closed; lamina whitish, often marked with red or purple, convex, often undulate; margin entire but sometimes appearing serrulate due to sparse fringe of hairs, recurved. Column very narrowly winged. Flowers May–Jul.

DunT, EGL, GipP, Glep, HSF, OtP, Strz, VVP, WPro, Wim. Also Qld, NSW, Tas. Localized and uncommon in southern parts of eastern Victoria with isolated westerly occurences near Portland and Edenhope. Colonies grow in sheltered positions, often on damp sand under ferns or shrubs.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1994). Orchidaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-02-13
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Orchidaceae
genus Corybas
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Corybas aconitiflorus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Corybas aconitiflorus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory