Chiloglottis trapeziformis
 

 

Chiloglottis trapeziformis
Syn: Myrmechila trapeziformis
Broad-Lip Bird Orchid
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PLANT: Terrestrial tuberous herb.
Slender. Up to 9cm high when in flower. Stem red to green.

LEAVES: Two oblong leaves, 3 - 5cm long, with usually smooth but sometimes wavy margins.

FLOWER: Solitary. 1 - 1.5cm across, upfacing. Brown to purple-green in colour. Kite shaped labellum with dark, tuberculate to stalked calli which do not extend to the labellum margin & leave the labellar tip bare. Variable small pink calli near the column.

FLOWERING TIME: November - December.

HABITAT: Exotic Pine forest.

CONSERVATION STATUS: Non-Resident Native - Vagrant.

NOTES: One colony found beneath a Pine forest near Levin, which has now been milled. Transplanted to various sites in the North Island including the Iwitahi Orchid Reserve.
     
     
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