Peristeranthus hillii

Beetle orchid, brown fairy-chain orchidSoldier’s crest orchid, red-flowered king of the fairies

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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