Orchadian 13: 460 (2002) APNI
Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)
Flowering plants 10–21 cm tall. Leaf lamina appressed to the peduncle below the lowest flower. Inflorescence 2–3.5 cm long, densely crowded. Flowers 3–20, dark purple, c. 3 mm across, projected outward; perianth segments spreading widely; dorsal sepal broadly ovate, c.4 mm long and 2.5 mm wide, with dark bands, margins entire; lateral sepals erect, parallel or slightly divergent, linear-lanceolate, c. 5 mm long and 1.2 mm wide, not pouched at the base; petals narrowly ovate, c. 3.5 mm long, 1.2 mm wide, with dark bands, margins entire, glabrous. Labellum broadly elliptic to ovate-elliptic, c. 3 mm long, 1.8 mm wide, the margins with numerous, coarse, spreading cilia c. 0.8 mm long; callus narrowly ovate, extending three-quarters of distance to the labellum apex. Column wings densely scabrous. Flowers Dec.–Feb.
EGU, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, SnM, VAlp. Widespread and sometimes locally common in montane and subalpine areas of eastern Victoria, mostly in grassland and Snow Gum woodland.
Similar to C. archeri, but with outward facing flowers with stiffly erect lateral sepals which remain parallel or diverge only slightly.
Flowering may be enhanced by fires during the previous summer.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|