Calochilus richiae Nicholls

Bald-tip Beard-orchid

Victorian Naturalist 45: 233, t. 9 (as C. richii) (1929) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:EPBC: endangered (EN); Victoria: endangered (e); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Flowering plant 22–36 cm tall, moderately stout. Leaf linear-lanceolate, to 30 cm long, shorter than raceme. Stem bracts 2, with leaf-like lamina. Flowers 1–5, reddish-brown with prominent darker stripes on perianth segments; subtending bract lanceolate, tapering to fine point and shorter than flower; pedicel (excluding ovary) 8–12 mm long; dorsal sepal erect or incurved, ovate, 10–14 mm long, slightly hooded, acute; lateral sepals broad-ovate, tapering at tips, about as long as dorsal sepal but narrower, divergent, spreading at side of labellum; petals spreading or incurved, ovate, slightly asymmetric, about half as long as sepals, yellow with darker stripes. Labellum rectangular at base then ovate, c. 14 mm long, contracting sharply near slender apex where the margins are conspicuously inrolled; lamina partially covered in short, acute, purple calli. Column short, wings inconspicuous, with 2 purple glands at base, connected by a ridge. Flowers Sep.–Oct.

Gold, VRiv. Unknown outside this State. Known from a single population of fewer than 20 plants in Whroo Forest near Rushworth, where it grows in Ironbark-Stringybark forest. In danger of extinction.

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, 2014-11-20
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Orchidaceae
genus Calochilus
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Calochilus richiae in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Calochilus richiae in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present native
Goldfields present native

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