Chiloglottis reflexa (Labill.) Druce

Bot. Soc. Exch. Club Brit. Isles 1916: 614 (1917) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Flowering plant 5–10 cm tall (scape elongating after pollination). Leaves ovate-elliptic to oblong-lanceolate, 20–50 mm long, 10–15 mm wide, stem-clasping, dark green. Flower bronze or pinkish; dorsal sepal erect, incurved, narrow-spathulate, 13–16 mm long, constricted apically into a short point; lateral sepals spreading and recurved, linear, 15–18 mm long; petals deflexed against ovary, lanceolate, slightly asymmetric, 9–11 mm long. Labellum porrect, trapeziform, long-clawed, somewhat curved, 9–11 mm long, apex with a short point; calli dark red to blackish, forming a thick central band extending almost to the apex of labellum, a prominent backward-facing bilobed gland near base of lamina that is more or less continuous with main gland mass when viewed in profile. Column wings hardly hooding anther. Flowers Dec.–Mar.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, OtR, Strz, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro. CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, HNF, HSF, NIS, VRiv. Also Tas.

In Victoria known currently by a few collections from the east of the state in open forests and woodlands often on well-drained sandy or gravelly soil.

Studies of the pollinating insect have indicated that the plant formerly identified as Chiloglottis reflexa in Victoria is actually a new species now treated as C. curviclavia whereas what is here treated as C. reflexa is a replacement name for C. trilabra (Jones 2018 a).

Created by: Val Stajsic, 2018-07-09
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-07-09

Jones, D.L. (2018 a). Two new morphologically dstinct species of Chiloglottis R.Br. (Orchidaceae: Drakaeinae) from south-eastern Australia, Australian Orchid Review 83(3): 37-43.

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 reflexa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Chiloglottis reflexa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory