Guide to Native Orchids of NSW and ACT

February 2022
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    10th February 2022
  • ISBN 9781486313686
  • Language English
  • Pages 456 pp.
  • Size 5" x 8"
  • Images 655 color photos, 579 maps

This comprehensive guide describes the 582 species of wild orchids that occur in NSW and the ACT. This region covers the richest area for wild orchids in Australia and includes over 500 species of seasonal ground orchids and 62 species of evergreen tree and rock orchids. Orchids found in this region include the tallest, heaviest, smallest flowered, most numerous flowered and most bizarre orchids in Australia, including elusive underground species.

Guide to Native Orchids of NSW and ACT describes each species, enabling their identification in the field, and includes over 600 photographs of wild orchids in their natural habitat and distribution maps for almost all species. Featuring orchids with a dazzling array of color and form, this is the essential guide for all orchid enthusiasts.


  • Covers all of the wild orchids of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory (as of February 2021).
  • Includes 65 species of distinctive but as yet undescribed orchids that occur in the region.
  • Includes photographs of almost all species of wild orchids occurring in the region, including several species never illustrated before.
  • Most comprehensive field guide for orchids of the region ever produced.

Reader notes
Photographic credits

Diversity, biology and ecology
Species profiles
Hybrid orchids

Further reading
Index of scientific names
Index of common names

Lachlan M. Copeland

Dr. Lachlan M. Copeland is a botanist specializing in the taxonomy and conservation of rare or threatened plants. Over 25 years, he has discovered several new orchid species and published more than 45 scientific papers relating to native orchids and other plants of conservation significance. Like most orchid enthusiasts, he loves nothing more than getting out into the bush and finding and photographing native orchids in their natural habitat.

Gary N. Backhouse

Gary N. Backhouse worked in biodiversity conservation with the Victorian Government until his retirement in 2012. He has travelled to most of the major centers for orchid diversity around the world and has photographed over 5000 species of orchids in the wild. Gary is author or co-author of three books on native orchids of Victoria, a book on Caladenia orchids of Australia, and Guide to Native Orchids of NSW and ACT (CSIRO Publishing, 2022). He lives between his homes in East Gippsland and Melbourne.

botany; orchids; taxonomy; Australia; New South Wales; Australian Capital Territory