Cyrtostylis reniformis

Common name: 

Gnat Orchid

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Wimmera, Wannon, Grampians, Midlands, Otway Plain, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Plain, Wilsons Promontory, East Gippsland (CDEHJKMNPRSTVWXZ) all States except WA

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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Common in near-coastal and inland areas in heathland and open forest1

Flower description:

Greenish-, yellowish- or reddish-brown1


Terrestrial orchid to 16 cm tall1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

This species has a solitary, sessile, ground hugging leaf that is kidney shaped and grey-green above. The labellum has two prominent, bead-like basal glands1

Image of Cyrtostylis reniformis
Image of Cyrtostylis reniformis
Conservation status:

Not threatened


1 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria