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OrchidCorunastylis clivicola

1 Rufous midge orchid at Mount Majura

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Corunastylis clivicola at Mount Majura - 28 Mar 2019
Corunastylis clivicola at Mount Majura - 28 Mar 2019
Corunastylis clivicola at Mount Majura - 28 Mar 2019
Corunastylis clivicola at Mount Majura - 28 Mar 2019

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Author's notes

Aaron has started something! C. clivicola, cornuta, hybrid ? -- I leave to the experts...

4 comments

CathB wrote:
   28 Mar 2019
Great to know there are more! This is C. clivicola. Especially in image 1, you can see the inflorescence is tapered towards the top and the upper flowers are very short - typical of this species. Those of cornuta are longer, and all the flowers are of similar length. See, eg, https://canberra.naturemapr.org/Community/Sightings/Details/2459688. This sighting also shows the leaf tip right up near the flowers. In C. clivicola it is lower on the stem. It is very helpful to include a picture showing the leaf tip, or at least mention it in the notes.
waltraud wrote:
   28 Mar 2019
fantastic Peter; great finding! I didn't expect any of the autumn flowering orchids will be flowering this autumn given the dry conditions and massive grazing of any remaining herbal layer...
petersan wrote:
   28 Mar 2019
Thanks CatB for the explanation - helps a lot for future identifications
   28 Mar 2019
Congratulations Peter. Unreal addition to our knowledge.

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Location information

Species information

  • Sensitive
  • Very Rare / Threatened
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 2 Abundance
  • True In flower
  • 10cm to 30cm Plant height
  • 28 Mar 2019 Recorded on
  • petersan Recorded by

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