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Threatened species

Red-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 titania
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 07 Nov 2003
Profile last updated: 21 Aug 2018


Red-flowered King of the Fairies is a small orchid which grows on trees and rocks. Each plant possesses one to several shoots in a tight, iris-like clump. There are 4-10 leaves per shoot. The leaves are narrowly oval- to spear-shaped, 1-8 cm long, 2-8 mm wide, and green to greenish pink in colour. About 50-350 tiny red flowers are borne on erect to drooping stems 5-17 cm long in autumn and spring.


Red-flowered King of the Fairies occurs on the NSW north coast north from Kendall, and also in in Queensland and Norfolk Island. It is known from 10 locations in NSW, two of which occur within Dorrigo National Park and Washpool National Park.

Habitat and ecology

  • Red-flowered King of the Fairies occurs in littoral and subtropical rainforest and paperbark swamps, but it can also occur in eucalypt-forested gorges and in mangroves.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW North CoastChaelundi Known None
NSW North CoastCoffs Coast and Escarpment Known None
NSW North CoastMacleay Hastings Known None
NSW North CoastWashpool 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