|This unusual deciduous terrestrial orchid grows in open forest and is rarely seen. This
genus has the common name Bearded Orchid due to the resemblance to an
bearded man caused by the two 'eyes' at the base of the column and the
prominent 'bearded' labellum.
It has a fleshy dark green leaf to 35cm by 8mm. The flower stem
grows to about 40cm with up to about 9 flowers about 30mm across.
The flowers are very distinctive with the labellum covered in purple and
This species can be distinguished from other Calochilus by the dark
purple glands at the base of the labellum and the prominent ridge
connecting the 'eye' glands at the base of the column.