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Threatened species

Yellow-flowered King of the Fairies - 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: Oberonia complanata
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 20 Dec 2002
Profile last updated: 21 Aug 2018


Yellow-flowered King of the Fairies is a small orchid which grows on trees or rocks. Each plant possesses one to many shoots in a tight, iris-like clump. There are 3-8 leaves per shoot. The leaves are spear- to oblong-shaped, 3-15 cm long, 10-15 mm wide, and yellow-green in colour. About 150 to 300 tiny cream to yellowish flowers are borne on erect to drooping stems up to 20 cm long in spring and summer.


Within NSW, there are several historical collections (all pre 1917) of this species from Byron Bay and Lismore, and a collection from Coffs Harbour from 1961. More recent observations of this species have been made from Lismore and Wollumbin.

Habitat and ecology

  • This species grows on trees and rocks in littoral rainforest, subtropical rainforest, dry rainforest, wet or dry eucalypt forests, dunes (including stabilised sands), stream-side areas, swampy forests and mangroves.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW North CoastCoffs Coast and Escarpment Known None
South Eastern QueenslandBurringbar-Conondale Ranges Known None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Lowlands Known None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Sandstones Known None
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Known None
South Eastern QueenslandSunshine Coast-Gold Coast Lowlands Predicted None