Guide to Native Orchids of Victoria

April 2023
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    11th April 2023
  • ISBN 9781486316854
  • Language English
  • Pages 328 pp.
  • Size 5.82" x 8.46"
  • Images 467 color photos, 447 maps

This comprehensive guide describes the 447 species of wild orchids that occur in Victoria, Australia. This region is one of the richest in the world for its diversity of temperate terrestrial orchids. Orchid diversity in Victoria spans some of the smallest to some of the largest orchids in Australia, from the minute Mallacoota Midge Orchid, with flowers just 2 mm across, to the large King Orchid, with big plants having hundreds of fragrant flowers and weighing many kilograms.

Guide to Native Orchids of Victoria includes brief descriptions on all species, enabling their identification in the field. With more than 460 photographs of wild orchids in their natural habitat and distribution maps for almost all species, this guide will delight and inspire anyone interested in orchids.


  • Covers all 447 species of wild orchids occurring in the Australian State of Victoria (as of March 2022).
  • Includes 66 species of distinctive but as yet undescribed orchids that occur in the region.
  • Includes photographs of almost all species of wild orchids occurring in Victoria, including some species never illustrated before.
  • The most comprehensive guide for orchids of Victoria ever produced.

Reader notes
Photographic credits

Diversity, biology and ecology
Species profiles
Hybrid orchids

Further reading
Index of scientific names
Index of common names

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.

field guide; plant identification; botany; wild orchids; taxonomy; Victoria