Calochilus paludosus (Red Beard Orchid)
Calochilus paludosus, Red Beard Orchid. Not far from the start of Elvina Track, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Australia
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RED BEARD ORCHID FACTS
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Red Beard Orchid
The Red Beard Orchid is a perennial terrestrial orchid. It produces clusters of up to nine flowers about 25mm across in spring and early summer from October to December. The labellum has purple warts (known as calli) at the base, and the centre has fairly dense long red hairs. The lateral sepals are green. the petals are shorter than the sepals and green with reddish purple stripes along their length. The plant has a single leaf that grows to about 18 cm long. the plant grows from an underground tuber.
Red Beard Orchid is found in swampy heathland, woodland and mountain regions.
Calochilus paludosus is found in eastern New South Wales, southern Victoria, eastern Queensland and parts of Tasmania. Also found in New Zealand.
Height: 20cm - 35cm
|Common Name:||Red Beard Orchid|
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