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natural history: orchids

Unlike the popular cultivated varieties the native orchids, with a few exceptions, are not notable for their flower size or colours. Many are inconspicuous but over time and with some familiarity they become recognisable.

Although Spring is probably the best time to view these plants there are usually some species or other in flower throughout the year.

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Mayfly Orchid
Acianthus caudatus
Mayfly Orchid
Mountain Caladenia
Caladenia alpina
Mountain Caladenia
Lesser Caladenia
Caladenia mentiens
Lesser Caladenia
Caladenia species
Caladenia sp.
(unidentified species)
Large Duck Orchid
Caleania major
Large Duck Orchid
Red Beard Orchid
Calochilus robertsonii
Red Beard Orchid
Green Bird Orchid
Chiloglottis cornuta
Green Bird Orchid
Tall Bird Orchid
Chiloglottis gunnii
Tall Bird Orchid
Spurred Helmet Orchid
Corybas aconitiflorus
Spurred Helmet Orchid
Rosy Hyacinth Orchid
Dipodium roseum
Rosy Hyacinth Orchid
Pink Autumn Orchid
Eriochilus cucullatus
Pink Autumn Orchid
Potato Orchid
Gastrodia sesamoides
Potato Orchid
Wax-Lip Orchid
Glossodia major
Wax-Lip Orchid
Onion Orchid
Microtis unifolia
Onion Orchid
Alpine Leek Orchid
Prasophyllum alpinum
Alpine Leek Orchid
Summer Greenhood
Pterostylis decurva
Summer Greenhood
Tall Greenhood
Pterostylis longifolia
Tall Greenhood
Nodding Greenhood
Pterostylis nutans
Nodding Greenhood
Maroonhood
Pterostylis pedunculata
Maroonhood
Greenhood
Pterostylis scabrida
Greenhood
Gunn's Tree Orchid
Sarcochilus australis
Gunn's Tree Orchid
Tall Sun Orchid
Thelymitra media
Tall Sun Orchid
Sun Orchid
Thelymitra sp.
Sun Orchid
Beech Orchid
Townsonia viridis
Beech Orchid

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