Corunastylis clivicola D.L.Jones

Orchadian 15 (7): 322,333 (2007)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Flowering plants 8–25 cm tall. Leaf lamina appressed to the peduncle below the lowest flower. Inflorescence 1–4 cm long, moderately crowded. Flowers 1–25, greenish and light red to dark red or purplish, 3–4 mm across, porrect; perianth segments spreading widely; dorsal sepal obovate, 3.5–4 mm long, c. 2.5 mm wide, apex acuminate, margins entire;  lateral sepals divergent, linear-lanceolate, 4.5–5 mm long, c. 1–1.5 mm wide, pouched at the base; petals ovate, 2.5–2.8 mm long, c. 1.2 mm wide, apex acute to acuminate, margins entire or erose. Labellum obovate, 2.4–2.8 mm long, c. 1.2 mm wide, margins entire, apex shortly acuminate; callus narrowly ovate to narrowly oblong, extending nearly to the labellum apex. Column wings minutely denticulate. Flowers Jan.-May.

CVU, GipP, Gold, HNF, LoM, NIS, VVP, Wim. Scattered north of the Dividing Range from the South Australian border to near Albury, with an isolated occurrence in the Brisbane Ranges. Occurs in dry open forests, heathy forests and woodlands.

Previously confused with C. tepperi (which can be readily distinguished by its crowded inflorescence of green flowers with a dark reddish black labellum) and C. rufa which is now understood to be confined to central coastal New South Wales. Specimens from the western part of its range tend to have shorter floral segments and may represent a distinct taxon.

Created by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-02-27
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2017-01-20
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Orchidaceae
genus Corunastylis
Higher taxa


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