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Threatened species

Barrington Tops Ant Orchid - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Chiloglottis platyptera
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 09 Feb 2001
Profile last updated: 10 Sep 2019


Barrington Tops Ant Orchid is a small orchid with a single pale green to reddish-brown flower about 1 cm across. The large petal of the flower is trowel-shaped, and covered with many small, shiny, black protrusions. The single flower grows on a stem up to 10 cm long, with two leaves at the base. It usually flowers from July to October.


Found along the eastern edge of the New England Tablelands, from Ben Halls Gap to east of Tenterfield, and also in the Barrington Tops area.

Habitat and ecology

  • Grows in moist areas in tall open eucalypt forest with a grassy understorey, and also around rainforest edges.
  • It generally occurs in rich brown loam soils.

Regional distribution and habitat

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NandewarPeel Predicted None
New England TablelandsArmidale Plateau Predicted None
New England TablelandsBundarra Downs Predicted None
New England TablelandsGlenn Innes-Guyra Basalts Predicted None
New England TablelandsMoredun Volcanics Known None
New England TablelandsNightcap Predicted None
New England TablelandsNortheast Forest Lands Known None
New England TablelandsWalcha Plateau Known None
New England TablelandsWongwibinda Plateau Predicted None
NSW North CoastBarrington Known None
NSW North CoastMacleay Gorges Predicted None
NSW North CoastMummel Escarpment Known None
NSW North CoastTomalla Known None