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OrchidChiloglottis valida

Large Bird Orchid

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Chiloglottis valida at Suppressed - 12 Jan 2019
Chiloglottis valida at Suppressed - 12 Jan 2019
Chiloglottis valida at Suppressed - 12 Jan 2019
Chiloglottis valida at Suppressed - 12 Jan 2019

Identification history

Orchid Chiloglottis valida 14 Jan 2019 TobiasHayashi
Orchid Chiloglottis sp. 12 Jan 2019 MattM

Author's notes

Looks like the pigs had gone through and done a number on this colony. I examined the labellum of an uprooted plant (not pictured) and determined it to be C. valida. I did find one pair of leaves that was quite broad (picture 1) which is apparently characteristic of C. turfosa.

3 comments

   14 Jan 2019
I'll confirm as C valida here. The broad leaves may be C turfosa, not sure whether that is conclusive enough or not. I think the C turfosa are down in the swamp though, did you go down that far?
MattM wrote:
   14 Jan 2019
I went right down to the swamp. I don't know where any of the colonies are though. I did find a pair of leaves growing in the sphagnum, but I didn't stay for a photo because I was immediately swarmed by ants!
   14 Jan 2019
Sounds familiar! I had the same problem with the ants when I went looking for them a few years back. Send me an email (tobiashayashi@hotmail.com) and I'll give you some pointers if you'd like.

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Species information

  • Highly Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 16 - 100 Abundance
  • 12 Jan 2019 11:42 AM Recorded on
  • MattM Recorded by
  • Website Reported via
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