Peristeranthus hillii

Beetle orchid, brown fairy-chain orchid

This epiphyte grows in the moist open forests around Brisbane. When in flower, this orchid can be very spectacular due to the number of flowers.

Peristeranthus hillii grows a stem to about 30 cm with numerous stiff leaves to 25 cm x 4 cm which distinctively droop at the end. The racemes grow to 30 cm long holding up to 80 flower about 7 mm across. The flowers are yellow green with crimson spots and have a sickly sweet fragrance.

There is no other similar orchid in Brisbane to this distinct orchid.

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