Chiloglottis trapeziformis W.Fitzg.

Dainty Bird-orchid

Austral. Orch. 1 (3): t. 9 (1877) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Flowering plant 8–14 cm tall. Leaves narrow-oblong to elliptic, 30–80 mm long, 10–25 mm wide, sessile to shortly petiolate, dark green. Flower erect, greenish to purplish; dorsal sepal erect, incurved, spathulate, 10–14 mm long, with apical point; lateral sepals spreading, sometimes recurved, divergent, linear, 10–15 mm long; petals deflexed against ovary, broad-linear, slightly asymmetric, 8–11 mm long. Labellum on long claw, erect, lamina broadly rhombic, angular, 8–12 mm long, apex usually obtuse; calli dark, most tightly clustered at base of expanded part of labellum, resembling an ant's head, tiny calli irregularly scattered on claw. Column widely winged in upper half, rounded apices of the wings higher than the anther. Flowers Aug.–Nov.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, HNF, HSF, NIS, OtP, VAlp, VRiv, VVP. Also SA, Old, NSW, Tas. Of scattered occurrence in open forests and coastal scrubs from lowlands and foothills east of Melbourne, with isolated collections from the west near Anglesea, Inverleigh, Ballarat and Inglewood. Rather common in the far north-east (Gorryong district).

Hybridises with Chiloglottis valida to produce the named hybrid C. ×pescottiana.

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: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Orchidaceae
genus Chiloglottis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Chiloglottis trapeziformis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Chiloglottis trapeziformis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory