Pterosylis barbata, turfosa and related - Bird Orchids

The various species of Bird Orchids are found throughout most of the south west and are mostly similar in appearance. They are distinguished mainly by the amount of hair on the labellum and the flower size.

Pterostylis barbata - Bird Orchid

Pterostylis barbata - Bird Orchid

Pterostylis barbata - Bird Orchid

Pterostylis barbata - Bird Orchid

Pterostylis barbata - Bird Orchid

Pterostylis barbata - Bird Orchid

Pterostylis barbata - Bird Orchid

Pterostylis barbata - Bird Orchid

Pterostylis barbata - Bird Orchid

Pterostylis barbata - Bird Orchid

Pterostylis barbata - Bird Orchid

Pterostylis barbata - Bird Orchid

Pterostylis barbata - Bird Orchid

Pterostylis barbata - Bird Orchid

Pterostylis barbata - Bird Orchid

Pterostylis barbata - Bird Orchid

Pterostylis barbata - Bird Orchid

Pterostylis barbata - Bird Orchid

Pterostylis barbata - Bird Orchid

Pterostylis barbata - Bird Orchid

Pterostylis barbata - Bird Orchid

Pterostylis barbata - Bird Orchid

Pterostylis barbata is the 'normal' bird orchid. It is found between Perth and Albany and out to the edge of the wheatbelt. It is common in the hills above Perth, particularly around Casuarina trees.


Pterostylis turfosa - Bearded Bird Orchid

Pterostylis turfosa - Bearded Bird Orchid

Pterostylis turfosa - Bearded Bird Orchid

Pterostylis turfosa - Bearded Bird Orchid

Pterostylis turfosa - Bearded Bird Orchid

Pterostylis turfosa - Bearded Bird Orchid

Pterostylis turfosa - Bearded Bird Orchid

Pterostylis turfosa - Bearded Bird Orchid

Pterostylis turfosa - Bearded Bird Orchid

Pterostylis turfosa - Bearded Bird Orchid

Pterostylis turfosa - Bearded Bird Orchid

Pterostylis turfosa - Bearded Bird Orchid

Pterostylis turfosa - Bearded Bird Orchid

Pterostylis turfosa - Bearded Bird Orchid

Pterostylis turfosa - Bearded Bird Orchid

Pterostylis turfosa - Bearded Bird Orchid

Pterostylis turfosa - Bearded Bird Orchid

Pterostylis turfosa - Bearded Bird Orchid

Pterostylis turfosa - Bearded Bird Orchid

Pterostylis turfosa - Bearded Bird Orchid

Pterostylis turfosa - Bearded Bird Orchid

Pterostylis turfosa - Bearded Bird Orchid

The Bearded Bird Orchid is distinguished from the Bird Orchid (Pterostylis barbata) by its much more hairy labellum. It also flowers a bit later (Late September - Early November). It is found between Bunbury and Albany.


Pterostylis sp 'dwarf' - Dwarf Bird Orchid

Pterostylis sp 'dwarf' - Dwarf Bird Orchid

Pterostylis sp 'dwarf' - Dwarf Bird Orchid

Pterostylis sp 'dwarf' - Dwarf Bird Orchid

Pterostylis sp 'dwarf' - Dwarf Bird Orchid

Pterostylis sp 'dwarf' - Dwarf Bird Orchid

Pterostylis sp 'dwarf' - Dwarf Bird Orchid

Pterostylis sp 'dwarf' - Dwarf Bird Orchid

The Dwarf Bird Orchid is similar to the Bird Orchid (Pterostylis barbata) and is distinguished by its smaller flowers, very short point on the dorsal sepal. It is found throughout the wheatbelt.