Australian Native Plants

  Calochilus platychilus (Purple Beard Orchid)


Calochilus platychilus photo
Calochilus platychilus, Black Mountain, Canberra, ACT

Photograph by Donald Hobern from Canberra, Australia. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Calochilus platychilus photo
Calochilus platychilus, Black Mountain, Canberra, ACT

Photograph by Donald Hobern from Canberra, Australia. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Calochilus platychilus photo
Calochilus platychilus, Black Mountain, Canberra, ACT

Photograph by Donald Hobern from Canberra, Australia. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




PURPLE BEARD ORCHID FACTS

distribution map showing range of Calochilus platychilus in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Purple Beard Orchid

Description
The Purple Beard Orchid is a perennial terrestrial orchid. It produces clusters of greenish purple flowers. The labellum or lip has purple warts at the base, and the centre has long purple hairs. The petals are shorter than the sepals and green with reddish purple stripes along their length. The plant has a single green leaf. The plant grows from an underground tuber. This species is similar to the Red Beard Orchid (Calochilus paludosus) but is more purple in colour, with more reddish colour on the lateral sepals.

Height
30cm - 45cm

Habitat
Calochilus platychilus grows in heathland and woodland

Distribution
Purple Beard Orchid is found in eastern New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.



Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Calochilus
Species:platychilus
Common Name:Purple Beard Orchid


Relatives in same Genus
  Calochilus paludosus
  Calochilus robertsonii