Orchids of SE QLD

Orchids of SE QLD

This page information has been compiled by numerous Kabi members, with observations over many years.

Where to Look for
Native Orchids?

Orchids can be found scattered throughout the Brisbane area. Orchids are surprisingly common and can be found in most areas of bush, but are most prolific in the rainforest areas and their surrounds. Even in the dry sclerophyll forests of the Brisbane suburbs, orchids can be found, sometimes in large numbers. For example, four different genera of orchid grow in a piece of dry open eucalypt forest within 6km of the Brisbane CBD.  Orchids are everywhere. You just have to look.

Growing Native Orchids

If you want to grow one of our native orchids for yourself, please check out our nursery page for where to purchase them. In addition, Kabi or your local orchid society will be able to assist you with further information on growing native orchids in your local conditions.

Collecting Orchids

All native orchids are protected by Australian law and must not be disturbed or removed. Many native orchids are becoming rare due to habitat destruction and collection, so we must care for orchids and they definitely must not be removed or flowers picked.  Please enjoy looking at our orchids and take all the photos you desire, but please do not disturb our orchids.

New Native Orchid Flowering Records

We are always looking for for native orchids growing around Brisbane, so if you should find any orchids growing in the Brisbane area, especially ones for which we do not have flowering records or photographs, please drop us an e-mail so we can update our records. We would love to hear from you.

Dendrobium speciosum subsp. hillii and Dendrobium gracilicaule [© Florence Joly]

What Orchids Occur in the Brisbane Area

The area covered includes Brisbane city and the ranges surrounding it. It includes Lamington national park and Mt Tambourine to the south, Brisbane Forest Park to the west to Mt Mee and Belthorpe to the north plus everything in-between.

Many native orchid species occur over large areas of Australia and show extreme variation. The descriptions and photos on this website are of the orchids occurring in the Brisbane area and we have not included the variations occurring outside this area. All photos are of typical wild orchid forms occurring in the Brisbane area and are not of line bred varieties which do not resemble their wild predecessors.

Flowering Times in SE QLD

The circle check icon in the month, indicates the orchid has been seen in flower in the Brisbane area by a Kabi member since the year 2000. 

The simple check icon indicates when the orchid should be in flower according to the reference books.

The table below lists the orchids we believe currently grow in the Brisbane area.

Orchid nameJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Acianthus amplexicaulis
Acianthus caudatus
Aciantus exsertus
Acianthus fornicatus
Arthrochilus irritabilis
Arthrochilus prolixus
Bulbophyllum argyropus
Bulbophyllum elisae
Bulbophyllum exiguum
Bulbophyllum globuliforme
Bulbophyllum lamingtonense
Bulbophyllum minutissimum
Bulbophyllum schillerianum
Bulbophyllum shepherdii
Bulbophyllum weinthalii
Caladenia alata
Caladenia atroclavia
Caladenia coerulea
Caladenia carnea
Caladenia catenata f. carnea
Caladenia catenata
Caladenia dilatata
Caladenia flaccida
Caladenia fuscata
Caladenia gracillima
Caladenia major
Caladenia minorata
Caladenia picta
Calanthe triplicata
Caleana major
Caleana minor
Calochilus campestris
Calochilus gracillimus
Calochilus grandiflorus
Calochilus paludosus
Calochilus robertsonii
Cheirostylis notialis
Chiloglottis diphylla
Chiloglottis formicifera
Chiloglottis reflexa
Chiloglottis sphyrnoides
Chiloglottis sylvestris
Chiloglottis truncata
Corybas aconitiflorus
Corybas barbarae
Corybas fimbriatus
Corybas fordhamii
Corybas hispidus
Corybas montanus
Corybas undulatus
Corybas unguiculatus
Cryptostylis erecta
Cryptostylis hunteriana
Cryptostylis leptochila
Cryptostylis subulata
Cymbidium canaliculatum
Cymbidium madidum
Cymbidium suave
Cyrtostylis reniformis
Dendrobium aemulum
Dendrobium bowmanii
Dendrobium cucumerinum
Dendrobium × delicatum
Dendrobium falcorostrum
Dendrobium gracilicaule
Dendrobium × gracillimum
Dendrobium kingianum subsp. kingianum
Dendrobium linguiforme
Dendrobium monophyllum
Dendrobium mortii
Dendrobium pugioniforme
Dendrobium schneiderae
Dendrobium schoeninum
Dendrobium speciosum subsp. hillii
Dendrobium teretifolium
Dendrobium teretifolium var. aureum
Dendrobium tetragonum
Dipodium atropurpureum
Dipodium hamiltonianum
Dipodium punctatum
Dipodium roseum
Dipodium variegatum
Diuris abbreviata
Diuris alba
Diuris aurea
Diuris maculata
Diuris platichila
Diuris punctata
Diuris sulphurea
Epidendrum × obrienianum (introduced)
Epipogium roseum
Eriochilus cucullatus
Erythrorchis cassythoides
Eulophia bicallosa
Eulophia cernua
Gastrodia sesamoides
Genoplesium acuminatum
Genoplesium archeri
Genoplesium cranei
Genoplesium filiforme
Genoplesium fimbriatum
Genoplesium nudiscapum
Genoplesium parvicallum
Genoplesium psammophilum
Genoplesium pumilum
Genoplesium rufum
Genoplesium sagittiferum
Genoplesium sigmoideum
Liparis coelogynoides
Liparis habenarina
Liparis simmondsii
Liparis swenssonii
Lyperanthus suaveolens
Microtis parviflora
Microtis rara
Microtis unifolia
Oberonia complanata
Oberonia titania
Orthoceras strictum
Peristeranthus hillii
Phaius australis
Phaius bernaysii
Phaius tankarvilleae
Plectorrhiza beckleri
Plectorrhiza brevilabris
Plectorrhiza purpurata
Plectorrhiza tridentata
Prasophyllum elatum
Prasophyllum australe
Prasophyllum brevilabre
Prasophyllum elatum
Prasophyllum exile
Prasophyllum fuscum
Prasophyllum odoratum
Prasophyllum patens
Prasophyllum wallum
Pseudovanilla foliata
Pterostylis acuminata
Pterostylis bicolor
Pterostylis baptistii
Pterostylis bicornis
Pterostylis boormanii
Pterostylis cobarensis
Pterostylis curta
Pterostylis cycnocephala
Pterostylis daintreana
Pterostylis erecta
Pterostylis fischii
Pterostylis furcata
Pterostylis gibbosa
Pterostylis grandiflora
Pterostylis hamata
Pterostylis hildae
Pterostylis hispidula
Pterostylis longicurva
Pterostylis longifolia
Pterostylis mitchellii
Pterostylis mutica
Pterostylis nigricans
Pterostylis nutans
Pterostylis obtusa
Pterostylis ophioglossa
Pterostylis parviflora
Pterostylis pedunculata
Pterostylis praetermissa
Pterostylis pusilla
Pterostylis revoluta
Pterostylis rufa
Pterostylis russellii
Pterostylis scoliosa
Pterostylis setifera
Pterostylis vitrea
Pterostylis woollsii
Rhinerrhiza divitiflora
Rhizanthella slateri
Sarcochilus ceciliae
Sarcochilus dilatatus
Sarcochilus falcatus
Sarcochilus fitzgeraldii
Sarcochilus hartmannii
Sarcochilus hillii
Sarcochilus parviflorus
Sarcochilus spathulatus
Sarcochilus weinthalii
Spiranthes australis
Taeniophyllum muelleri
Thelymitra fragrans
Thelymitra ixioides
Thelymitra longiloba
Thelymitra malvina
Thelymitra media
Thelymitra nuda
Thelymitra pauciflora
Thelymitra purpurata
Thelymitra venosa
Zeuxine oblonga

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