Chiloglottis ×pescottiana R.S.Rogers

Bronze Bird-orchid

Proc. Roy. Soc. Victoria, new ser., 30: 139, t. 25 (1918) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Flowering plant 4–8 cm tall (scape elongating to 10 cm or more after pollination). Leaves elliptic to ovate, 25–60 mm long, 15–25 mm wide, dark green, margin entire. Flower greenish-bronze to purplish-brown; dorsal sepal erect, incurved, spathulate, 12–15 mm long, with apical point; lateral sepals recurved, divergent, linear-lanceolate, 12–15 mm long; petals widely spreading or incurved, linear-lanceolate, slightly asymmetric, 12–15 mm long. Labellum on short claw, mostly elliptic to ovate, 10–14 mm long, rounded at tip, margins often irregular; calli dark, almost black, stalked and sessile, in medial strip, with a bilobed or curved gland towards apical end of calli group, and a large stalked gland towards base surrounded by smaller calli, these extending towards base of lamina. Column winged in upper half, the points of the wings higher than the anther. Flowers Aug.–Nov.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, HNF, NIS, VRiv, VVP. Also NSW. Found in open forests and coastal scrubs, mostly in eastern Victoria, and highly localised and rare (e.g. Mornington Peninsula, Tallangatta, Cheshunt, Genoa).

A localized natural hybrid between Chiloglottis valida and C. trapeziformis that could occur wherever the two parent species grow together. Some populations from north-east Victoria differ from typical C. ×pescottiana in having an almost obovate labellum and petals deflexed against the ovary (making them somewhat closer to the C. trapeziformis parent), and presumably result from backcrosses.

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 ×pescottiana in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Chiloglottis ×pescottiana in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native