PURPLE BEARD ORCHID FACTS
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Purple Beard Orchid
Note: check if this is same species as Calochilus platychilus. Calochilus robertsonii is a purple flowering bearded orchid. The labellum or lip has long purple hairs and dark purple warts at the base. It produces clusters of up to ten flowers with flowering period in spring from October to November. The petals and sepals have purple red striped veins along their length. The plant has a single long fleshy green leaf to 30cm in length. the plant grows from an underground tuber. The flower stem is reddish near the base and greener higher up. 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.
Calochilus robertsonii grows in a variety of habitats including woodland, heathland, scrubland.
Purple Beard Orchid is found in eastern New South Wales, Victoria, south eastern parts of South Australia and Tasmania. It is also found in New Zealand.
Height: 30cm - 45cm
|Common Name:||Purple Beard Orchid|
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