Chiloglottis seminuda D.L.Jones

New Taxa Austral. Orchid. (Austral. Orchid. Res. 2) 41 (1991) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: data deficient (k); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Flowering plant 10–15 cm tall (scape elongating after pollination). Leaves ovate-elliptic to oblong-lanceolate, 25–85 mm long, 10–20 mm wide, stem-clasping, dark green. Flower green to reddish pink; dorsal sepal erect, incurved, narrow-spathulate, 10–15 mm long, constricted apically into a short point; lateral sepals spreading and recurved, linear, 13–18 mm long; petals deflexed against ovary, lanceolate, slightly asymmetric, 8–12 mm long. Labellum porrect, diamond-shaped, long-clawed, somewhat curved, 8–10 mm long, apex with a short point; calli dark red to blackish, forming a thick central band confined to basal two-thirds of labellum, a prominent backward-facing bilobed gland near base of lamina. Column wings hardly hooding anther. Flowers Jan.–Apr.

CVU, Glep. Also NSW. In Victoria known with certainty only from near Ballarat, but also with unvouchered records for far East Gippsland in the vicinity of Genoa. Grows in sandy soils under open forest.

Chiloglottis trilabra and C. reflexa are similar to C. seminuda, but the former two have the callus extending almost to the labellum apex.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-02-10
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-15
Distribution map
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 seminuda in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Chiloglottis seminuda in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native

State distribution

Distribution map
New South Wales