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Australasian Native Orchid Society
(Victoria Group) Inc.

Coming Up

Monthly meetings are resuming in 2021 with the following restrictions:

  • The Glen Waverley Community Centre is limited to 90 people for a maximum of 3 hours
  • You must book your attendance, prior to arrival, with the secretary, providing your name and phone number
  • You must user sanitiser on entry to the hall
  • You must wear a face mask in the hall
  • You must register on the attendance sheet
  • There will be limited space for plant displays
  • Tea, coffee and water will be available but no supper will be served
  • There will be no raffle or sales table
  • Membership payments will be accepted at the meeting by credit card only

  • Epiphyte group meetings in homes are still suspended until government size restrictions are lifted.

    Field trips and conservation activities are largely resuming as normal but members wishing to attend any of these activities must register prior to attending. Registration details are published in the Monthly Bulletin.

    All activities listed below are subject to compliance with government COVID-19 restrictions and could be cancelled at short notice.
    Registering with the activity organiser will enable you to be notified of any last minute changes.

    9/04/21 - April Meeting

    Dr. Jürg von Känel presenting "Native Orchids of Switzerland".

    10/04/21 - Terrestrial Seed Group

    Learn the techniques of growing terrestrial orchids from seed.

    11/04/21 - Epiphyte Study Group

    Hosted by George & Fran Byrne-Dimos.

    12/04/21 - Conservation Group

    Diuris fragrantissima site maintenance, Sunshine.

    18/04/21 - Terrestrial Study Group

    Day trip to Melbourne's north-east suburbs.

    20/04/21 - Conservation Group

    Diuris fragrantissima & Diuris basaltica site maintenance, Laverton North.

    24/04/21 - Terrestrial Study Group

    Day trip to Werribee Gorge.

    26/04/21 - Conservation Group

    Diuris fragrantissima site maintenance, Sunshine.

    2-6/05/21 - Terrestrial Study Group

    Extended trip to Noorinbee area.

    7/05/21 - May Meeting

    Speaker and prestentation topic TBA.


    This page contains reference information on Australian orchids. It can be freely downloaded and redistributed, provided the original material is attributed to the authors and is not edited.

    Pterostylis chaetophera

    ANOS Victoria Library

    ANOS Victoria has an extensive library of books and reference material which members can borrow. The library is open at the monthly meetings with a range of the most popular publications.

    Should you wish to reserve or borrow something specific you may do so by contacting our librarian Andrew Gibbons.

    Download the PDF Version of the ANOS Victoria Library Catalogue.

    Pterostylis chaetophera

    Pterostylis rufa Complex - Bentham's Mistake

    ANOS Victoria member Bill Kosky has been researching the Pterostylis rufa complex around Australia's south-east and has come up with some interesting and contradictory findings.

    This document helps to clarify the differences between Pterostylis rufa, Pterostylis squamata, Pterostylis aciculiformis, Pterostylis ferruginea and Pterostylis pusilla.

    Pterostylis rufa complex

    Download the PDF Version of Pterostylis rufa Complex.

    Dendrobium speciosum

    Australian Orchid Checklist

    **** NEW SECOND EDITION ****

    This Checklist covers the 1,963 species, subspecies and varieties of wild orchids (comprising 1,866 species and 97 subspecies and varieties) in 116 genera found in Australia and its island territories. This total includes 367 species that are considered distinct but not yet named and described, and these species have been identified by a 'tag name'. An additional six species that are not native to Australia but have become established in the wild there are included at the end of the main Checklist. This Checklist also includes 591 naturally occurring hybrids (including 50 named wild hybrids) in 15 genera plus 7 intergeneric crosses, that have been observed in the field. Many of the named hybrids were mistakenly named as species before their hybrid status was recognised, while others were deliberately named as hybrids. The inclusion of the many hundreds of recognised but un-named species and naturally occurring hybrids makes this the most comprehensive checklist of Australian orchids ever compiled.

    The Checklist has been prepared using information sourced from recent State or regional guides to orchids, herbarium checklists, photographs and the personal observations and experience of the authors. It has been prepared in two versions: an Excel spreadsheet that can be modified by users, and a PDF version that can be printed for a hard copy.

    The Checklist was prepared by Gary Backhouse (Victoria), Andrew Brown (Western Australia), Robert Bates (South Australia) and Lachlan Copeland (New South Wales).

    This Checklist will be updated periodically.

    Checklist of Australian Orchids

    PDF Version of the Australian Orchid Checklist.

    Excel Version of the Australian Orchid Checklist.

    Current release January 2019.

    Caladenia australis

    Victoria's Clubbed Spider Caladenia

    ANOS Victoria member Bill Kosky has been studying Victoria's clubbed spider Caladenia orchids for several years and presents two draft papers to assist in the identification of three East Gippsland spider Caladenia.

    Part 1 looks at the rarely encountered and poorly known Caladenia fitzgeraldii as well as the closely related Caladenia peisleyi.
    Part 2 looks at the more common Caladenia montana.

    These draft papers put forward a discussion for morphological grading and suggestions for the revision of their taxonomy.

    Download the PDF Version of Part 1: The Fitzgeraldii Type.

    Download the PDF Version of Part 2: The Montana Type.