Corunastylis arrecta (D.L.Jones) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem.

Orchadian 13: 460 (2002) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

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.

Source: Jones, D.L. (1994). Genoplesium. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Genoplesium arrectum D.L.Jones).
Updated by: Jeff Jeanes, 2015-02-27
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Corunastylis arrecta in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Corunastylis arrecta in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory