Glossodia minor R.Br.

Small Wax-lip Orchid

Prodr. 326 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Flowering plant 4–13 cm tall. Leaf ovate to oblong-ovate, hairy, 1–3 cm long. Flowers 1(–2), deep violet-blue (rarely white); petals and sepals ovate to elliptic, 8–15 mm long, 3–5 mm wide, outer surface light-coloured and hairy. Labellum elongate-cordate, c. 4 mm long, c. 2 mm wide, basal part channelled and with patch of numerous short white calli, apex often whitish; extreme base with 2 large club-shaped yellow calli united at base, curved forwards, each usually black-tipped. Column with a pair of large, more or less triangular wings; anther with fairly blunt point. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

EGL, EGU, GipP, WPro. Also Qld, NSW, ACT. Restricted in Victoria to East Gippsland, where it is not uncommon along coastal grass-tree plains. There are also records from near Traralgon, Yarram and Wilsons Promontory.

Rare hybrids with G. major have been observed in East Gippsland.

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: Jeff Jeanes, 2014-12-18
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Orchidaceae
genus Glossodia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Glossodia minor in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Glossodia minor in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory