Glossodia major

Common Name:

Waxlip Orchid



Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Murray Mallee, Lowan Mallee, Gippsland Highlands, Snowfields (CDEHJKMNPRSTVWXZ) also SA, Qld, NSW, Tas
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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Dry forests and woodlands, usually in moist sites such as at the foot of rock outcrops 1

Flower Description:

Mauve to purple, sometimes blue [1[


Terrestrial orchid to 35 cm tall 1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

The leaf is hairy and to 10 cm long. Flowers are fragrant and quite large (to 50 mm wide). The labellum is pink with a white base and a yellow spot at the base 1,2


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Conservation status:

Not threatened


1 Meagher, D. and Kohout, M. (2001). “A field guide to Wilsons Promontory”. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.
2 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria